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František Gross / Canteen at EP

1970

It applies to the painting Canteen at EP from 1970. In this large-scale work Gross sets in motion a wild scene that is almost surreal in character. The painting consists of a bizarre jumble of every kind of object: parts of human bodies, parts of machines, articles resembling knives, glasses and bottles. It is all stacked together in a peculiar rhythm that seems chaotic at first sight. Gross, however, was able to cope both with large canvases and with complex and detailed compositions. He found the necessary rhythm, as a result of which Canteen at EP is one of the outstanding works from the later period of his oeuvre.


GROSS FRANTIŠEK

In common with many other outstanding artists, František Gross was born in Nová Pake in the foothills of the Giant Mountains of northern Bohemia. He moved to Prague where he applied unsuccessfully to the Prague Academy of Fine Arts. He therefore enrolled at the Prague Technical University to study architecture. After studying there for a year he transferred to the School of Applied Arts in Prague, where he entered the studio of ornamental and figure drawing. He was a founder member of the important Group 42. At the outset his oeuvre centred on secluded and peripheral urban areas that he was able to render unusual through his characteristic poetic approach and using the calm atmosphere of late afternoon such as in his paintings Košíře. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he focused on the industrial landscape, finding inspiration in the areas of Kladno and Ostrava. He painted heavy mining machinery, cranes, excavator and chimneys. Even subject matter that was not directly related to engineering was powerfully influenced by his distinctive aesthetics of those years.
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The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

around 1490
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Marco Bello / The Holy Family with the John the Baptist as a Child and St Roch

(1st decade of the 16th century)
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Hans von Aachen / Job in Misfortune

(pre-1600)
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Domenico Fetti / Adonis

(post 1613)
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