In 1904 my family moved from Bohemia to New York where my great-grandfather had been offered a job as a cabinet maker at the Steinway Piano factory in Queens.
Back in Prague a hundred and ten years later
beauty and fantasy are still part of everyday life.
The main square
the Charles Bridge by moonlight
In an ancient city where modern life proceeds as usual
there are new museums and galleries.
At the Prague National Gallery interactive artwork
19th century Czech painting has a very dark side.
Back in New York City an entirely different aesthetic.
Do I know you??
I did this painting titled “Portrait”. It’s sort of strange in that it is quite difficult to decide if it’s male or female,young or old. Just recognizable as a person. With no identity.
People in certain pictures have unmistakable identities even when you haven’t seen them in fifty years
Some I’ve never met but have come to know them very well by painting them
Sometimes the portrait reflects the personality of the person
Some are hidden from identification
While other escape our notice
Even in a quick sketch the human form is the most interesting subject
and the variety endless