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Helena Železná–Scholzová / Common and Feast Days (Prayer)

1933

Also much appreciated was the immediate way she captured life’s fleeting moments, as well as impressions or memories. Her sculpture Common and Feast Days (Prayer) she borrowed for the exhibition from the Modern Gallery in Prague, attracted particular attention (in 1960 it was transferred from the National Gallery in Prague to the Gallery of Fine Art in Ostrava). Helene Zelezny–Scholz was an outstanding figure in the art world, who dedicated her life to sculpture and its stylistic changes during the last century. Nevertheless she preserved the exceptional emotion that was present in the theme portrayed.

ŽELEZNÁ-SCHOLZOVÁ HELENA

Helene Zelezny–Scholz was one of the first “Europeans” to have emerged from Ostrava. The daughter of the poet Maria Stona, whose stately home at Třebovice was a central-European intellectual centre, she studied in Berlin and Brussels. During World War I she was resident in Vienna and sculpted members of the imperial court. She subsequently settled in Rome where her studio was used by many eminent artists. She always considered herself Czech, however, and was a ardent support of Czechoslovakia, being a friend of its President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. In 1934 an exhibition of her work was held in the prestigious Jean Charpentier Gallery in Paris, the first major presentation of her work in that city. As the Czech daily Lidové noviny stated at the time, she was discovered by the Czech public and was recognised and highly regarded here. What was particularly appealing was the breadth and variety of the sculptor’s oeuvre. The expressiveness of her sculptural form, inspired by nature, was combined with a deep sensitivity.
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The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

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

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Hans von Aachen / Job in Misfortune

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Domenico Fetti / Adonis

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