There’s so much to be done lately. Who would have thought that painting could be a hectic occupation? That’s not how they show it in the brochures! Anyway, here’s a post from several years back with the addition of a video showing the work of another artist, Frantisek Kupka, who slipped unseen through the radar for many people, myself included. The scope of his work and the way in which he maintains such a high level throughout is fascinating. Take a look.
Frantisek Kupka was another one of those supremely talented painters from the late 19th/early 20th century who is little known outside the world of museums these days. You probably won’t stumble across a Kupka calendar or mousepad. But when I see the scope and quality of his work I wonder why he hasn’t made that leap. I know I hadn’t heard of him when I first came across his work in a book of Symbolist paintings. I saw this image shown here, Resistance or The Dark Idol, and was immediately struck by the tension and drama in its mysterious setting. I was surprised when I saw his other work that was beautifully colored and striking in other ways.
Frantisek Kupka was a Czech painter who was born in 1871 and died in 1957 in France. His career saw his work move from the early symbolic work to pure abstraction. In fact, Kupka is considered one of the founding members of the group, Abstraction-Creation, that set off the abstract movement. While I found much of his abstract work beautiful, it was the early work that really pulled me in. It was obvious that he could have worked extraordinarily well in any style he chose. But his relative anonymity remains a mystery to me. Perhaps he never had that one iconic image or series that became associated with his name. Monet’s water lillies. Van Gogh’s starry night. Gauguin’s Tahiti. Whistler’s mom.
I don’t know the whys behind this. But his talent is no mystery at all. It is evident in every piece I have come across.