Jiří Valenta / Portrait of the Annunciation
He created Portrait of the Annunciation in 1966 before he emigrated. Of large proportions, the work depicts a female figure on a blue background that almost looks infinite. It is a typical example of Valenta’s oeuvre at that time. The female figure is placed inside a kind of egg, which has powerful surreally poetic connotations. Another shining egg is placed beneath the female body, whose energy draws attention inwards. Next to it is placed an archery target. This entire curious structure of powerful symbolism and technical mastery presents Jiří Valenta as an outstanding artist on the Czech art scene in the second half of the 20th century.