Tatranská galéria v Poprade / Tatragallery in Poprad, Slovakia

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Heaven garden (2011) by Ján ZoričákTatranská galéria

Ján Zoričák - Heaven Garden

Heaven Garden offers the viewer the opportunity to become part of the space adventure. Lifelong leitmotif of creator’s artwork is the universe as an infinite universum. The artist sharpens its objects into elementarysharply cut geometric shapes. Subsequently artworks are differently drilled, additionally dyed, what togetherwith the optical properties of glass creates a unique mirror effect.

Into field (1933/1936) by Janko AlexyTatranská galéria

Janko Alexy - Into the Field

Janko Alexy created the artwork Into the Field between the years 1933 and 1936 in fast irregular brush strokes. The background consists of hilly country in various shades of green and brown colours with small areas of white and blue. Alexy divided foreground of the painting into two separate parts – on the left part of a composition he situated trees without leaves. On the right side of the painting he showed off Slovak hills and at the bottom he placed two simplified figures of man and woman.

Autumn in the Tatras, Janko Alexy, 1942/1945, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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Autumn in the Tatras

The fire (2003) by Anatoly BaratynskyTatranská galéria

Anatoly Baratynsky - The Fire

Baratynsky used in his work The Fire shades of red, black, pink, and we also find accents of white and yellow colour. In the artwork The Snow are used shades of white, blue, gray-blue and green color. They are applied in thin layers, whilst creator used various techniques of work with brush - long regular strokes alternating with irregular, smooth transitions with aggressive, structural painting combined with elements of dripping. Spontaneity and expressivity of painted area are softened by horizontal and vertical lines, which intersect each other. Parts of these lines reveal fibreboard base and they highlight colourful action painting.

The snow, Anatoly Baratynsky, 2003, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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The Snow

The Illusionist (1984) by Gejza BarcziTatranská galéria

Gejza Barczi - The Illusionist

The focal point of the image Gejza Barczi's The Illusionist from 1984 is female figure dressed in leisure bright canvas. The creator’s highlight is on gestures of hands and finger movements, which are playing with balls in foreground. The face of the woman is in the penumbra and on head is indicated a large hat of green colour. The background behind the woman is simple with a large coloured areas, while above the figure of woman is situated complicated abstract composition in green tones supplemented with red, yellow, white and gray colour. Barczi in this artwork connected painting with drawn outlines.  

Red apple, Gejza Barczi, 1982, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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The Red Apple

Pitcher for Rembrandt (1974) by Ladislav ČarnýTatranská galéria

Ladislav Čarný - Pitcher for Rembrandt

The Artwork Pitcher for Rembrandt from 1974 is part of the early period of work of Ladislav Čarný. This composition is dominated by several elements – diagonal brown table, white area of white hanging canvas partially covering the pitcher in pink-red shades, and levitating smiling portrait of Rembrandt, which resembles a Rembrandt’s self portrait from 1669. From the dark background stands out large letter R of brown colour. 

Painting fact, Ladislav Čarný, 1977, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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The Painting of the Fact

From Spišská Sobota, Ladislav Čarný, 1978, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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From Spišská Sobota

View on Kriváň (1957) by Miloš Alexander BazovskýTatranská galéria

Miloš Alexander Bazovský - View on Kriváň 

Artwork View of Kriváň Bazovský created in multiple layers of impasto paint. Bold and unrestrained atmosphere acts as a living medium of composition. The composition is divided horizontally into four sections - in the foreground are trees with green and yellow treetops painted in quick circular strokes, among them is indicated a brown wooden fence. In the middle of the composition the creator placed the hills - in the foreground in the centre is located the peak of dark green colour, which covers the foothills of Kriváň. Behind him is positioned mass of Kriváň in pale blue shade, which forms the upper part of the composition. Like several other works from this period of the artist's work, captured View of the Kriváň has a base of previous image, that disappeared by creation of this painting. 

Twilight (1945/1955) by Miloš Alexander BazovskýTatranská galéria

The Twilight

In feast (1944) by Ján HálaTatranská galéria

Ján Hála - In Feast

The central theme of this image is young girl dressed in ceremonial folk costume. The painter emphasizes the detailed elaboration of garments with folk elements. The picture is painted in subtle earthy tones with contrasting blue details. Dynamic of painting is delivered by gesture of hands, in which is a pearl necklace.

Winter with geese, Ján Hála, 1949, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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The Winter with the Geese

With hay, Ján Hála, 1955, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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With the Hay

Near the table (1962) by Július JakobyTatranská galéria

Július Jakoby - At the Table

Most of the composition of the expressive painting by Julius Jakoby is formed by sitting couple at the table in a confidential interview. In the background are situated treetops and buildings painted only in indications. The author used quick movements of the brush and varied expressive palette of colours in making process. 

Children playing (1967/1969) by Július JakobyTatranská galéria

The Playing Children

Cloun with a guitar (1959/1962) by Juraj CollinásyTatranská galéria

Juraj Collinásy - Cloun with a Guitar

The focal point of the work by Juraj Collinásy Clown with a Guitar from 1959 - 1962 is seated figure of the clown. Diagonal composition is complemented by clown’s stretched hands towards the guitar positioned in the lower right corner of the painting and clown's shade at the top left. Dark contour line is on the edges filled with the primary colours - yellow, blue and red, while on the clown’s outfit he used the pink and purple shades. Author didn't capture details of the environment around the clown figure; the guitar is only indicated in a few brush strokes, but through a fauvist work with colour he decomposed atmosphere of the moment.

Woman in the interior, Juraj Collinásy, 1959/1962, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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Women in the Interior

The toilet, Juraj Collinásy, 1959/1962, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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The Toilet

The harvest, Juraj Collinásy, 1951, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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The Harvest

Christmas mood, Juraj Collinásy, 1954, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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The Christmas Mood

The girl with a ponytail, Juraj Collinásy, 1960, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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The Girl with a Ponytail

The well - Levitation (2008) by Marián ČižmárikTatranská galéria

Marián Čižmárik - The Well - Levitation

Works from the series The Well combine the theme of energetic swirl – the well, which combines man with the universe, this world with the world of up and down, the heaven and the earth. The motive is a buttress of cosmic architecture. The image of Levitation is dominated by yellowish-white swirl beam of light and a blue bird that holds the head inside of it. The whole scene is situated on orange-red background.

Near Vah (1958) by Vincent HložníkTatranská galéria

Vincent Hložník - Near Váh

Linocut from 1958 Near Váh captures the Slovak countryside. The graphics’ composition is horizontally divided into two halves. Division of the image is underlined by using light and shade. In front are the outlines of the figures, while in the rear part is dominated by mountains with a hint of country manor.

Hrnčiarska street (1958) by Ľudovít FeldTatranská galéria

Ľudovít Feld - Hrnčiarska street

On the drawing titled Hrnčiarska Street Louis Feld portrayed a view to Hrnčiarska Street from the place, where this street meets with the street Pri Miklušovej väznici. The composition is divided vertically into two parts - on the left is placed building of Mikluš prison with indicated street sign under which stands a male figure dressed in a suit. On the right side is overgrown arched underpass into Hrnčiarska Street through which the two female characters are passing. On the right edge we see the part of facade of the Calvinist church. The pen drawing is shaded with ink and charcoal. 

Two (1984) by Peter PollágTatranská galéria

Peter Pollág - Two

The focus of the painting is the female and male decently painted nude with gentle hints of movement. The whole image is carried in tones of green with small coloured areas. Background located behind the figures is divided vertically through dark and light green, which divides the image compositionally into two halves.

Christmas sale of carps, Peter Pollág, 1983, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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Christmas Sale of the Carps

The grand inquisitor, Peter Pollág, 2001, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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The Grand Inquisitor

Confessions of a queen (1683/1972) by Ján BrokoffTatranská galéria

Ján Brokoff - Confessions of the Queen

The plate with motive Confessions of the Queen shows Ján Nepomucký as confessor to Queen Žofia, the wife of King Václav IV. The scene is placed in the baroque architectural framework of the church. In the background we see the presbytery with the altar. Several figures are kneeling before it. On the right, into the background, stretch aisle of the church and confessional. In embrasures of confessional are two characters - the Queen is confessing to male figure whose face we can't see. The left side of the composition is dominated by the figure of a soldier in armour, who has in his left hand spear and his right hand is stroking a seated hunting dog.

Tatras from Lučivná (1926) by Viliam ForbergerTatranská galéria

Viliam Forberger - Tatras from Lučivná

Drawing from 1926 is detailed study of the natural scenery. The dominant elements in the picture are Slovak mountains viewed from village Lučivná that take up 2/3 of the total artwork. The artist depicts in detail the grandeur of the Slovak nature undisturbed by human intervention.

Panorama Tatras from Kežmarok, Viliam Forberger, 1884, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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Panorama Tatras from Kežmarok

Sans titre (1998) by Vladimír OssifTatranská galéria

Vladimír Ossif - Sans titre

French term sans titre means unmarked. Abstract composition of the painting presents on a light background in three colours (pink, black, white) overlapping shapes in the form of letter X, respectively other simple geometric shapes. Artist achieved visibility of the structure of canvas by applying paint in thin layers.

The Spiš castle (1966/2010) by Ivan Nestor ŠafrankoTatranská galéria

Ivan Nestor Šafranko - The Spiš Castle

The original painting from 1966 the (preč) author completed a few decades later in 2010. We can see only the outlines of Spiš Castle, which stand out from the background of the image. Abstracted painting represents one of the greatest landmarks of Spiš on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Artist spread the variety of colours on the base material in fast movements.

Chapel (1968/1969) by Andrej RudavskýTatranská galéria

Andrej Rudavský - Chapel

Andrej Rudavský is one of the most important Slovak sculptors of the second half of the 20th century. In his work he is devoted to chamber and monumental sculptures, drawings, and paintings. His expressive and dynamic works, carried out mainly in metal, stone and wood, are characterized by their intellectual depth and returns to the tradition, culture and archetypes of ancient Slavic history. Rudavský draws inspiration from a spiritual basis of archaic, pagan and Christian layers of life of national community. The artist convincingly captures and artistically expresses the genius loci of the Slovak countryside. Work Chapel from 1968 - 1969 is created in bronze and it is the artist's expression of his relation to the Christian tradition.

The toilet (1961) by Ľudovít FullaTatranská galéria

Ľudovít Fulla - The Toilet

Linocut from 1961 by Ľudovít Fulla shows a female figure during her the morning toilet. The dynamics of the movement is expressed by her hand gestures washing hair. Black and white linocut is lightly coloured by palette of colours, mainly in the upper part of the graphic. The central part of the picture is formed by geometrically depicted women’s figure and chair with the filled basin on it.

Jánošík - defender of powerty, Ľudovít Fulla, 1955, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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Jánošík - The Defender of Powerty

Live Spiš - joys and sorrows (1987) by Viliam PirchalaTatranská galéria

Viliam Pirchala - Live Spiš - Joys and Sorrows

The painting with Christmas theme is painted with the large representation of red colour in 1987.  The image is divided horizontally into several plans. In the foreground are the characters that are proportionally comparatively as high as the buildings contained in their vicinity, which somewhat distorted the perspective of the image. In the middle of the image the artist has placed buildings and over them are captured figures in motion.

In the arms of Spiš, Viliam Pirchala, 1987, From the collection of: Tatranská galéria
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In the Arms of the Spiš

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Curator: Anna Ondrušeková
Photohrapher: Robo Kočan

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