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PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Mikuláš Medek
CZECH
THREE DIFFICULT ABSENCES
ACCÉDER AU LOT
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PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Mikuláš Medek
CZECH
THREE DIFFICULT ABSENCES
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Mikuláš Medek
1926 - 1974
CZECH
THREE DIFFICULT ABSENCES
signed and dated Medek / 1964 lower right; signed, dated and titled Tri spletité nepřítomnosti / M. Medek / 1964 on the reverse
mixed media on canvas
130 by 180cm., 51¼ by 71in.
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Provenance

Private Collection, Geneva (acquired from the artist)
Purchased from the above by the present owner

Exposition

Prague, Galerie Nová síň, Mikuláš Medek: Obrazy z let 1947-1965, 1965
Worpswede, Worpsweder Kunsthalle, 12 tschechische Künstler, 1966

Description

Mikusláš Medek was one of the most significant personalities of the Czech visual arts in the twentieth century. Undeterred by the strictures of the Communist government of the day, he was persistent in his quest for creative freedom. His brother, Ivan Medek, recalled the limitations placed on him as an artist:

'My brother (...) ranked among the most outstanding and most interesting artists of the 1960s, despite the fact that he was not allowed to exhibit his works and his paintings could only be seen in his flat. It was a big flat near the Vltava river in Prague. It was a very peculiar case - he was a popular artist but could only work at home. But our flat was always full of people from all over the world, who wanted to see his pictures.'

The grand-son of one of the country's greatest nineteenth-century painters, Antonin Slavicek, and son of a fallen general of the Czech army, Medek faced a difficult upbringing both during and after the Second World War. First persecuted by the Nazis, and then by the Communists, he was prevented from completing a formal artistic education, but inspired by the Surrealists, Medek set off to find his own very personal and idiosyncratic abstraction.

20th Century Art – A Different Perspective

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Londres