Josef Šíma / Pool
Due to the metaphysical process of Josef Šíma’s oeuvre his paintings are unique examples of international Surrealism. Evidence of this is the painting Pool of 1935. That same year Šíma created a whole series of paintings on the theme of the pool. The canvas is vertically oriented. A definite sense of anxiety is aroused in the viewer by the depressive atmosphere of the composition and the motif of the dead tree in the middle of the scene. These emotions are aroused with reason by the artist in view of the political situation then developing in Europe with the rise of fascism. Šíma did not paint for a manipulated art public but for people with open eyes and pure hearts.