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This view of the Place Bab Souika in Tunis was painted from the roof of a greengrocer’s shop. The city’s great domed mosque can be seen at the far left of the work. Kokoschka attempted to achieve a two focus perspective in an elliptical horizon, similar to the effect of a wide-angled photographic lens. The foreground gives a sense of the bright colours and ceaseless flow of human activity that so enthralled Kokoschka on his trip through Africa.
oil on canvas
H 86.5 x W 129 cm
Princes Gate bequest, 1978