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Wenzel Hablik / Head

1911

 The painting Head is very expressive. Hablik depicted the head of an old man whose face is implacably marked by time. Grey hair literally stands up on the man’s head and he has a long beard. His face is furrowed with wrinkles, which almost seem to be in relief thanks the extreme plasticity of the impasto that is so skilfully employed here. The artist virtually models the man’s face through this technique, thus imparting to it a grave and slightly frightening expression. The background to the man is dark and indefinable, which enhances still further the overall sense of strict authority.

HABLIK WENZEL

Hablik trained as a cabinet maker but also studied painting on porcelain. He continued his studies at the specialised ceramics school in Teplice. Thanks to his talent he was able to under- take study in other branches of art, firstly at the school of applied arts attached to Austrian Museum for Art and Industry in Vienna and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague under Professor Franz Thiele. In addition to painting he designed buildings, furniture and many articles of everyday use. Soon after completing his studies he left Prague for Germany, settling permanently in the region of Hamburg. In 1920 he was granted German citizenship. In 1925 the Fine Arts Association organised an exhibition of Hablik’s drawings, paintings and architectural designs at the House of Artists in Prague and in 1936 Hablik exhibited his works in his native town of Most. His oeuvre was closest to Expressionism in character although a certain tendency towards crystalline geometry is also evident in his works. Those principles in particular can be see in often very bold architectural designs, which were never fully implemented unfortunately.
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