Voice of the Forest I


Moravian Gallery in Brno

Moravian Gallery in Brno
Brno, Czechia

In her works, Toyen often returned to the topic of nature overruling humans. She frequently depicted dry, barren landscapes as if taken out of a dream, with solitary girls lost in the middle or astray birds flying around. Her interest in such themes stems from children's books. However, in her works, it took on a sombre and sinister appearance. She was not overly keen on over-explaining her works, but instead she wanted the viewers to do it themselves. Her interest in the works of Sigmund Freud is visible in this dreamy-like atmosphere and the touch of anxiety.

In this painting, a huge blue bird (potentially an owl) is positioned against a dark and ominous background. The bird has one foot cut off, the other one clutches a severed head of a girl. The forest and the bird have been built up with a thick, heavy paint, which contrasts with the head of the girl, which is somewhat more realistically portrayed.


  • Title: Voice of the Forest I
  • Creator: Toyen
  • Creator Lifespan: 1902/1980
  • Date: 1934/1934
  • Type: Painting

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