|Painter: Nora Musatova|
Art stream: Modern realism
Technik of original: Canvas, oil
Technik of replication: Paper simulating a canvas
Dimensions of original: 90 x 110 cm
Dimensions of replication: 20,5 x 24 cm
Price: 10 EUR
ID: RCD00005 (EAN: 4600383000053)
|Nora Musatova studied at the Prague Academy of Music, Drama and Fine Arts,
College of Applied Arts (VŠ UMPRUM) and the Academy of Arts. She was born
in Prague in 1931 to a Russian family with a long and distinguished tradition in
art. This tradition was passed on from her grandfather, A.J. Musatov, a well known
painter of icons in the tsarist Russia to her father, Grigori Musatov (1889 - 1941), a
distinguished member of the most respected art club in Prague, the Umelecka beseda.
Her father is ranked with the outstanding creators of the modern art in the first
Republic. He is also represented in private and public world collections as well as in
the Prague National Gallery.
In 1979 Nora Musatova had a joint exhibit with Marc Chagall in Palm Beach, Florida,
USA. The coup of 1989 gave her the freedom to exhibit, which she did, in Prague, in
Switzerland, in Germany, in London and five more times in the United States.
The range of her topics and painting techniques is very broad, from the classical oil
to pen-and-ink drawings, watercolours and illustrations. In 1991 she created 250
illustrations to the Czech Children’s Bible. In the early 70’s she single-handedly
resurrected the long forgotten method of the reverse glass painting and enhanced it
with her own, secret, techniques of creating three-dimensional impressions. In her art
are reflected memories of her childhood, her love of music and theater, which create
a story segment, in its own way very characteristic, harmonizing and consolidated.
Her works reflect the real world, where one observes a child-like purity and fantasy.
A special role is given to the colour composition, creating with pen and brush what
may be best described as music.
The moods and associations bound to the memories of wonderful and carefree
childhood interlace with her favored subjects of circus and fairy tales. Her subjects
are often clowns, acrobats, circus riders and musicians; the weightless figures are
floating in space reflecting energy and magic light, where smiles and tears reach
a delicate balance between comedy and tragedy. Devils, townsmen, wretched
gigolos, pierrot …. all are floating as in fairy tale in a glass picture of reality.
In all her works we find the whole range of all possible feelings and perceptions
represented harmoniously side by side, complementing the overall rich ambiance
of her art.
|“A young dashing merchant went to the fair...“ - this rollicking and sometimes
sad melody of the XIX century town romantic song inspired the artist to translate
the music images and lyrics on canvas. A viewer takes the painting as a single
whole, it is much more than a simple illustration to an old romance; he conceives
the action as a certain performance, a play, caught in its impetuous movement.
In the center of a fair in a provincial town we see a dashing merchant in red fox
furs choosing a present for his sweetheart, girls consult him what would be the
best present for his love to bring back from the fair.
Our attention is also attracted to two female dancers in motley and yellow kerchiefs,
accompanied by a bold balalaika player, sitting on a barrel. An accordion
player is also around. Local Philistine couple ceremoniously drink tea from
saucers, an old man in green gown sells oriental sweets, a bird-catcher pitches
a singing bird to a boy. Closer to the river a woman on a cart selling fish nibbles
Above all this we see a pig’s snout peeping out from a “Petrushka” puppet theater.
It is hard to say whether it is alive or drawn. But it’s fun!
As to style, we feel here a certain time continuity, an echo of mentality of Russian
“peredvizhniks”, realistic if jocular description of banality or tragedy of routine
life... A composition of figures against the general staging of the whole picture,
ardor and farce of the individual episodes remind us of great “Small Dutchmen”.
Some stylistic features of the past penetrated the brilliance and brightness of the
modern artist’s palette, making her own style pretty original and individual.