Name: Sv.Vladimir's Apparition in Marienbad
|Painter: Nora Musatova|
Art stream: Modern realism
Technik of original: Canvas, oil
Technik of replication: Paper simulating a canvas
Dimensions of original: 70 x 50 cm
Dimensions of replication: 15 x 10 cm
Price: 20 EUR
ID: RCD00001 (EAN: 4600383000015)
|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.
|Colonel of the tsarist army Rykovsky, going back home from the World Fair
in Paris, 1900, made a stop in Marienbad (Marianske Lazne) for medical
treatment. The treatment was a great success, and the colonel made up his
mind to commemorate the miraculous event. Being influenced by the victory
of the Russian architecture in Paris, the colonel decided to thank Marienbad
for his recovery. Recollection of the Fair was powerful - Europe was amazed
to see the most beautiful enamel-faience icon stand by Russian artisans from
Kuznetsovo village, Tver region. The unsurpassed masterpiece of Russian
art contained over 9 kg of gold and cobalt. It was properly awarded Grand
Prix de France.
The last day of his treatment colonel Rykovsky saw a prophetic dream: no
other than St.Vladimir told him to pay homage to the temple being built
in the town of his miraculous recovery. The colonel was awaken from his
prophetic dream by sweet smell of a rose bush under his window. The day
before the bush was green and not blooming. The colonel thanked the sky
for the sign, made a rich contribution to buy the magnificent icon stand and
presented it to St.Vladimir’s temple in Marienbad.
The picture shows colonel Rykovsky being persuaded by St.Vladimir
to make a precious gift to St.Vladimir’s temple in Marienbad. A viewer
together with the congregation finds oneself right in the middle of the event,
moving down the steps of the temple and singing with choristers “Glory to
God, glory to You”