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Zdeněk Janošec Benda / Our family

(1986–1990)

Our Family was created between 1986 and 1990 and is an example of his early output. The picture was first exhibited at a happening entitled Heapiada that took place on the famous Ostrava slag heap known as Ema. It is painted in a very spontaneous and lively manner. It depicts three figures: two adults and a child. They are very forcefully portrayed, painted as if they were translucent with visible skeletons, and their mouths are open in a gesture of horror.

The figures are hand in hand and evoke a sense of powerful community. The trio, depicted against a vague, almost cosmic background, are linked by a red line that creates a square

around the figures and reinforces the impression of a family fundamentally linked in a single, firm and absolutely inseparable whole.

BENDA ZDENĚK JANOŠEC

Zdeněk Janošec Benda is a self-taught artist. He works on the basis of his own intuition and certain mystical tendencies. His paintings feature bizarre animals and beings in phantasmagorical forest landscapes. They often concern primordial and fundamental themes of human existence. His oeuvre is existential and results from an instinctive need to create and communicate through his works. His paintings are authentic and free of tendentious signs and manners, probably because he is unburdened by an official artistic education. He was a founding member of the Přirození group, where he encountered other leading representatives of the Ostrava art scene, such as Daniel Balabán, Hana Puchová, Petr Pastrňák and Jiří Surůvka.
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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