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JAN KUBÍCEK | Abstract - Contrast of Lines and Colours

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  • Jan Kubícek
  • Abstract - Contrast of Lines and Colours
  • signed, dated 1969 and inscribed in Czech on the reverse; signed twice, dated and titled in Czech on the stretcher
  • acrylic on canvas
  • 81 by 81cm., 32 by 32in.


Estate of the artist

Catalogue Note

'I used the wonderful opportunity to create a project, a specific form, that isn't inspired by figurative or visual experiences, but is instead constructed by thinking in a subjectively autonomous manner through a process of developing an independent character, form, structure, etc.' Jan Kubíček  

Jan Kubíček was one of the most radical central European exponents of constructivist and concrete art and ranks amongst the most significant exponents of Czech constructivism alongside Zdenek Sýkora, Karel Malich and Hugo Demartin.  He substantially influenced Czech post-war art several times. At the turn of the 1960s his paintings were a certain antithesis to the 'dark' tones of structural abstraction. Subsequently, from 1962 to 1966, he participated in the formation of the Czech form of the international Lettrism movement. From 1967 Kubíček was one of the key figures of neo-constructivist tendencies, and he continued to develop his original geometric programme until the end of his life. The characteristic features of Kubíček's works of Lettrism and geometric abstraction are sense of order, an absence of literary contents and a precise painting technique.

During the Soviet occupation of 1968, Kubíček took advantage of the chaos at the border and transported his artworks without permission to a solo exhibition at Gallery Teufel in Koblenz. This enabled him to deepen his relationship with western Constructivist artists and collectors. However, due to the prohibitive strictures of the totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia, Kubíček’s work only became widely appreciated in recent decades.