Oskar Kokoschka and Georg Eisler “do not forget the little ones,the youth of Austria…”

Georg Eisler was an important austrian artist whose works are part of important collections of museums like Albertina in Vienna, British museum or National Portrait Gallery in London.  He had a great teacher and supporter : Oskar Kokoschka. Georg Eisler met Oskar Kokoschka 1944 in London at the time of Kokoschka´s exile. The letter I show here is from 1946 (Georg Eisler was at the age of 18(!)) and Kokoschka already saw the big talent of Georg Eisler at that time. Kokoschka writes  recommendations how to continue in order to be and become an artist. “I mean, that the Academy of Fine Arts or – in case it is not existing anymore – another institution should help you to study several years until you think you can stand on your own feet. You have enough talent for that …” Kokoschka mentions, that Eisler has ” the modesty in the judgement of his own prospects and constraints of his own capabilities..” At the end of the letter he asks Eisler for “…do not forget of the little ones, the youth of Austria, which to help our most important duty is… doing that an artist can prove oneself … in a truthful social task”


on his way back from St. Thomas hospital

Claude Monet : “Back in the Savoy hotel from St. Thomas hospital”

I bought this letter from Claude Monet in 1989 in Paris. Claude Monet was my favourite impressionist already at that time, so I was very very proud to hold a handwritten letter from this master painter in my hand. Monet made three successive visits to London in 1899 to 1901, when he worked on the great series of Views of the Thames. Mrs Charles Hunter (a friend of Sargent) had arranged for Monet to have a room in St Thomas’s Hospital, from which he painted the series of views of the Houses of Parliament, working only in the late afternoons so as to concentrate on backlit and sunset effects.

Only some years later  I acknowledged the content of this letter:

Monet was just coming back from St. Thomas hospital to the Savoy hotel talking about his experiences while painting.

Later in his letter he is talking about his day, having breakfast with his son in the hotel room and about he will be sad as on Sunday he will not be able to work at the hospital nor getting letters from his wife Alice. A nice 4 pages letter from the old master Claude Monet.

If you are interested on the other Claude Monet letter on my blog, click here

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