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.

 

3 thoughts on “Prague to New York to Prague

  1. susanna

    Hey Robert,

    What a visually-inspiring trip! Did you visit any of the places where your great-grandfather and other ancestors used to live? That’s interesting that your grandfather used to work for Steinway. Do you think that his experience, working creatively for piano makers, most likely meeting incredibly talented musicians and woodworkers, influenced his/your family?

    Your paintings are beautiful! And yes, it’ll be interesting seeing how this trip may influence your future work. Already, I can see connections between your past work (the street lights, the blurred lights) and the photos of Prague in this post.

    Please say hello to Elizabeth for me! I owe her a letter!

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