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František Janoušek / Picture

1936

An example of this is the painting succinctly entitled Picture. This appellation is characteristic for works of surrealist painters who did not want their works to be interpreted facilely with the help of titles. It was an approach adopted by Toyen and Jindřich Štyrský for instance. The richly-coloured painting evokes the creeping omnipresent danger. Its individual elements have vegetable and animal origins. They are animate organisms that evoke a sense of threat. Janoušek was disclosing his subjective feelings about the oppressiveness of the times 

JANOUŠEK FRANTIŠEK

An outstanding painter, Janoušek was one of the foremost artists on the Czech scene in the first half of the 20th century. He attended a teacher training college in Prague and subsequently studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts (1919−1922) where his teacher was Vojtěch Hynais. He then undertook study trips to Vienna and Germany. On his return he worked as a teacher until he received a military pension and was able to devote himself full-time to painting. He showed his work at prestigious exhibitions of the period, including the famous Poezie 32. Initially his works were neo-classical in style with elements of cubism but later the cubist elements predominated and at the end of the 1920s surrealist tendencies appeared in his oeuvre. Paintings from that period were also shown at the House of Art in Ostrava in 1927. After 1933 amoeba-like shapes start to appear in his paintings, where they formed clusters of capillaries and bladders. His paintings were among the first to react to the worsening political situation in Europe and the creeping onset of fascism. The paintings are full of monsters evoking the looming danger. Their leitmotiv became the feeling of evil and brutal violence that grow in the irrational landscapes of timelessness.
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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)
Hans von Aachen / Job in Misfortune

Hans von Aachen / Job in Misfortune

(pre-1600)
Domenico Fetti / Adonis

Domenico Fetti / Adonis

(post 1613)
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