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Karel Nepraš / Seated

1966

The work entitled Seated from 1966 is an excellent example of this. There is no skin on the limbs of the seated torso so that the muscles and sinews are exposed. The figure’s authenticity is emphasised by the boots it is wearing. The upper part of the body consists of a vertical shape, which, unlike the lower part, bears no resemblance to a human being. Nepraš masterfully unites the simple magic of the material with the powerful theme of physicality. His sculptures are an excellent example of the artistic surge of the late 1960s. Their quality is unquestionable, which is why his work is increasingly recognised and included in prestigious national and private collections, both in this country and abroad.


NEPRAŠ KAREL

After completing his studies at the Ceramics Vocational School in Prague, Karel Nepraš was enrolled at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied in the studio of Jan Lauda. He was already very active on the arts scene by the middle of the 1950s. He formed a group known as Šmidrové together with Bedřich Dlouhý, Jan Koblasa and Rudolf Komorous. He returned to the Academy in 1990 as a professor and head of the sculptural studio until 2002. Nepraš was a unique example of an artist who elevated the process of experimentation to something distinctive and determinative. From the mid-sixties he worked with non-traditional materials, using water piping, for instance, as well as valves, wires and batteries. His oeuvre was not random but on the contrary extremely calculated. He soon started to combine metal with assemblages, textiles and epoxy resin, which increased the plasticity of his sculptures. He also used colours that promoted the sense of authenticity.
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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