Jan Preisler / Fairy Tale
The Ostrava Gallery of Fine Art has seven pictures by Preisler in its collections. Fairy Tale was painted just after the artist’s return from a study trip to Italy. It depicts a red-haired girl in a blue-green dress sitting in the mysterious setting of a silent castle. The dreamy maiden’s is an apparently lazy and sleepy black dragon. The painting was directly inspired by Antonín Sova’s poem Princess Lyoleja. Preisler’s oeuvre, which was also inspired by the poetry of Otokar Březina, Karel Hlaváček and Julius Zeyer and the music of Josef Suk, radiates melancholic and erotic longing and fairy-tale moods that carry an extraordinarily powerful symbolic charge. The painting’s emotive appeal results from Preisler’s palette that is entirely opposed to Realism and Impressionism, the typical styles of the art generation of his day.