Name: “Rosh Hashanah” – “Jewish New Year in Prague”


ImagePainter: Nora Musatova

Art stream: Modern realism

Technik of original: Canvas, oil

Technik of replication: Paper simulating a canvas

Dimensions of original: 50 x 80 cm

Dimensions of replication: 14,5 x 24 cm     

Released: 2011

Price: 10 EUR

ID: RCD00004 (EAN: 4600383000046)

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About painter:
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.


About picture:
The area of current Paris street was a noisy Jewish district at the end of the X1X-th century. On the first day of Tishron, the New Year day, the old-new XIII-th century synagogue reminds Jews of the Day of the Creation and of the Creator himself. This autumn day In synagogue they blow a big non-decorated horn, calling for repentance. In the end of the service men leave the synagogue and continue to blow, calling people to pray and begin a New Year feast with stuffed fish. The painting is conspicuous for a very intense use of burnt umber with additions of black bone. Strong accent of cadmium yellow horns in the hands of the blowers and mother-of-pearl of fish on a plate make the painting look more realistic, adding up gloomy tones, characteristic for the whole picture.
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