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Job with Horns (Hiob mit Geweih) (plate, page 45) from Hiob (Job)

Hiob (Job) is a tale of the combative relationship between the sexes, based in part on some of the characters from Kokoschka's first play, Sphinx und Strohmann (The sphinx and the strawman, 1907), and even more loosely on the Book of Job. Kokoschka planned to use it as his contribution to the artist Franz Marc's unrealized plans for an illustrated Bible. The illustrations show Kokoschka turning to a naturalistic style, and pulse with an energy suited to the unpredictable narrative. In Kokoschka's burlesque interpretation of the biblical story, man is tested by woman, not God. The artist inserts many autobiographical elements of his passionate but ill-fated affair with Alma Mahler, who had left ...

1917 (executed 1916/17)
Lithograph from an illustrated book with fourteen lithographs
28.3 x 23.1cm
Image © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Pro Litteris, Zurich
Text © MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York

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