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Jakub Špaňhel / Baroque

2010

The painting Baroque from 2010 is by way of a return to the theme of cathedral interiors that he started to work on at the end of his studies at the Academy.

In this large-format canvas Špaňhel works above all with multiple shades of grey. The overall impression is almost monochrome. Part of the cathedral interior is captured through a window in the front wall. The baroque inspiration, as the title itself suggests, is not fortuitous in his oeuvre.


ŠPAŇHEL JAKUB

Jakub Špaňhel is a painter from northern Moravia. He was born in Karviná in 1976 and first studied art at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Ostrava before entering the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, where his teachers were Milan Knižák and Jiří David. Špaňhel has been a significant figure on the Czech art scene since his student days. He has exceptional talent and he has become a much sought-after artist both by curators and private collectors. Early in his career he painted a cycle of expressively-conceived interiors of cathedrals, and there followed cycles of petrol pumps and the buildings of national central banks. He has also painted portraits as well as important baroque monuments on many occasions, such as in Italy (the Spanish Steps, the Fontana di Trevi). Špaňhel portrays reality by means of distinctive expression and impressionist elements. Also of interest is his work with colour, whose combinations enhance still further the powerful effect of the impression.
The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

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

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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