František Muzika / From the Bohemian Paradise V (Recumbent Torso)
During the Nazi-occupation in World War II he painted a series of paintings in which he addressed the issue of the threat to the nation through enigmatic dreamlike scenes. At the time he was banned from exhibiting and his oeuvre was labelled Entartete Kunst (degenerate art). Those works include the canvas From the Bohemian Paradise V (Recumbent Torso). The painting’s leitmotiv is a recumbent female figure, whose curves decompose into the shape of rock formations. The sense of threat and subsequent ruin is sublimated here into the landscape by means of the magic atmosphere created not only by the unique use of colour but also by the use of specific light in the picture area.