His last work, the cycle Comenius inspired by the legacy of Jan Amos Comenius, has never before been displayed in the National Gallery in Prague, and it forms a key part of this exhibition. As a child, Oskar Kokoschka received Comenius’ book Orbis pictus as a Christmas present. As the artist writes in his autobiography My Life, the book opened up a new world for him and accompanied him his entire life. The personality and life of Jan Amos Comenius fascinated him so much that he decided in the 1930s to write a drama about him called Comenius. The theatre play was staged in Hamburg in the 1970s and was also filmed. Kokoschka also did a graphic cycle in colour lithography (1976), which was distributed as a collector’s album in many copies.