Karel Černý / Lamenting Women
The canvas Lamenting Women from 1945 is a sizable and almost iconic example of his mastery. Dominating the work are two seated women facing each other lamenting with their hands. Their faces clearly display lamentation. They are painted in a spirit of declining cubism. They are seated in a strange exterior on a wooden chairs. The colouring is subdued: very harmonious without marked or strong contrasts. In the top right-hand corner is a black moon or possibly sun. It is motif that in Černý’s oeuvre refers to the hidden side of the times, society and also art.