Válová, Květa / Stones
oil, paper, 69.5 × 10 cm
This painting displays the typical artistic signature of Květa Valová, who (unlike her sister Jitka) worked with strong outlines enclosing saturated inner spaces. Weighed down by living under a long-entrenched totalitarian regime, in the late 1970s and 80s Květa Válová repeatedly depicted motifs of stones and boulders to express the notions of burden, friction and pressure – as in Lone Rock (1983), Collision (1981–1982), Touching Stones (1984), or Stone Enclosure (1982). Whereas all these works feature organic, rounded shapes, the 1978 painting Stones comes closer to the forms of crystalline geometry. However, it is typical of Valová’s work in its uncompromising monumentality and expressive compactness.