Thursday, January 07, 2016

Karel Havlícek (1907 - 1988)

Karel Havlícek - The Act Of Theseus, 1960The Act Of Theseus, 1960

Karel Havlícek - Horla, 1955Horla, 1955

Karel Havlícek - Mockery Of Vanity, 1972Mockery Of Vanity, 1972

Karel Havlícek - Insects Head, 1955Insects Head, 1955

Karel Havlícek - Satan, 1972Satan, 1972

Karel Havlícek - Devoured, 1955Devoured, 1955

Karel Havlícek - Hmyz, 1968Hmyz, 1968

Karel Havlícek - Stvura, 1952Stvura, 1952

Karel Havlicek - Lethal Deaths, 1971Lethal Deaths, 1971

Karel Havlicek - Untitled, 1949Untitled, 1949

Karel Havlícek - Mezozoikum, 1972Mezozoikum, 1972

"Born (1907 – 1988) into a family of artists, Karel Havlicek studied law and became a lawyer - a career he did not like. He spent most of his life in Kadan, in northwestern Bohemia. He married and had three children.

Havlicek worked for the Czechoslovakian government during World War II. The situation became emotionally and morally impossible for him, so he resigned, a political decision that marked him the rest of his life. He began drawing at this time as a way of exorcising his emotional and spiritual conflicts. Working only at night, he followed a ritual reminiscent of automatic practices. His drew without premeditation, spontaneously, as if overtaken by spiritualist production.

After 1948, he was forced to leave his job in a ceramics factory where he painted dishes, and he became a laborer. In 1948, the Czech art critic Karel Teige, a major figure in the Czechoslovak avant-garde, became interested in him and planned to organize an exhibition of his drawings, a project crushed by the political authorities. This was a profound disappointment to Havlicek. He died before knowing the freedom that came about with the Velvet Revolution."

Artworks and quotation found at the amazing Cavin-Morris Gallery additional artwork found at Galerie Gambra.

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