Name: “Rosh Hashanah” – “Jewish New Year in Prague”
|Painter: 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
Price: 30 EUR
ID: RCD00004 (EAN: 4600383000046)
|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.
|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.