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A lithograph showing three women on a hill with a lamb and two yellow Birds of Paradise flying around them.

In this image, three women in white dresses with red coats stand on a hill top. One of the women is kneeling on the right over a lamb that is laying down with its eyes closed. She has a somber expression on her face. The other two women are standing and facing right. The woman in the middle at the top approaches a flowering tree or bush. Flying around them are two Birds of Paradise, which are yellow with blue spots and have long tail feathers. The Bird of Paradise on the left holds a blue flower in its beak.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian (Pöchlarn, Austria 1886 - 1980 Montreux, Switzerland)
Printed by Wiener Werkstätte (1903 - 1932)
Postcard published by the Wiener Werkstätte (Three Girls, Lamb, and Birds of Paradise)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Drei Mädchen, Lamm, und Paradiesvögel
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Lithograph in black, blue, brown, yellow, green, red inks on off-white wove pape
sheet: 14 x 9 cm (5 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Purchase in memory of Louis W. Black
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Hans Maria Wingler and Friedrich Welz, O. Kokoschka: Das druckgraphische Werk, Verlag Galerie Welz (Salzburg, Austria, 1975), no. 14, p. 66
  • Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 182

Exhibition History

  • Dream and Design: Turn-of-the-Century Art in Vienna and Central Europe, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 03/07/1992 - 05/03/1992
  • “As though my body were naught but ciphers”: Crises of Representation in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 02/12/2005 - 06/12/2005
  • 32Q: 1440 Secessionism: Munich, Vienna, Berlin (Expressionism), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/22/2015 - 04/05/2016

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