Jiří Načeradský / Running Men
The painting Running Men is one of the artist’s seminal works. This large canvas from 1967 is a unique example of New Figuration as interpreted by Načeradský. The artist’s painting style here is reminiscent in many ways of Gerhard Richter’s approach at that time. Four naked men run from left to right. Their faces show concentration. Concentration on a single activity is in incredible harmony with the background which is boundless and unbroken. Equally unbounded is the ground the men are running along. The four seem to have been thrust onto a distant planet in a state of infinite timelessness, but their energy and determination to change it drives them tirelessly forward through space.