Josef Váchal / Paradise
His highly distinctive artistic style and his subject matter were derived from a no less original perception of the world and his inner visions, as witness the wood- cut Paradise. Initially he collaborated with Catholic modernists before rejecting the Christian faith and drawing inspiration from occultism. He subsequently rejected humanism also, which might have been the result of his active participation in the battles of World War I. In the thirties he once more reconciled with theosophy and Christian spirituality. His fantasy and artistic invention are also confirmed in the décor he created for his friend Josef Portman’s house in Litomyšl.