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Hades and Persephone

© Foundation Oskar Kokoschka/DACS 2021. Photo credit: The Courtauld

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This work was commissioned by the collector Count Antoine Seilern (1901–1978) for the entrance hall ceiling of his London house, 56 Princes Gate, in South Kensington. Seilern had begun to collect Kokoschka’s work during the Second World War when both men were living in London as Austrian émigrés, having escaped Nazi occupation in Central Europe. After the war, Princes Gate became a centre for scholars and students who came to see Seilern’s important Old Master paintings and drawings. ‘The Prometheus Triptych’ offered a powerful statement of Kokoschka’s commitment to continuing the Baroque traditions of artists such as Rubens and Tiepolo whose work formed the central part of the Princes Gate collection.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)





oil & tempera on canvas


H 238 x W 233.8 cm

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Princes Gate bequest, 1978

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The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

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