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.
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
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.
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.
The Red Apple
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.
The Painting of the Fact
From Spišská Sobota
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
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.
The Winter with the Geese
With the Hay
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
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.
Women in the Interior
The Christmas Mood
The Girl with a Ponytail
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.
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.
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.
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 the Carps
The Grand Inquisitor
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 - The Defender of Powerty
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 the Spiš
Curator: Anna Ondrušeková
Photohrapher: Robo Kočan