Category Archives: robert schmid

Prague to New York to Prague

 

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.

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Back in Prague a hundred and ten years later

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beauty and fantasy are still part of everyday life.

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The main square

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the Charles Bridge by moonlight

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In an ancient city where modern life proceeds as usual

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there are new museums and galleries.

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At the Prague National Gallery interactive artwork

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bends reality…

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However…

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19th century Czech painting has a very dark side.

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Back in New York City an entirely different aesthetic.

 

FACES

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
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Some I’ve never met but have come to know them very well by painting them

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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