Art in Prague

Oh my gosh! It really has been a loooong while since my last post! But I got a good reason for being absent the past 3 months: I graduated! (*taking a bow and receiving the congratulations with a big ‘thank you’*) And after I graduated I enjoyed my holiday big time. But now I’m back, and I got a lot of art-talk to share with you.

dancing buildingMy boyfriend and I visited Prague this summer. Prague is very, very cool. It’s a beautiful city, but I was a bit worried about the amount of visible art in Prague. When we were planning our holiday, I hit a certain blogpost telling me that, in Prague, I only could find art in galleries. The blogpost provided its readers a list of great galleries, which I did not copy. *sigh* Later, when I was in search of the blogpost, I couldn’t find the blogpost anymore, so I was even more worried I would face a holiday without art,..

Of course, Prague’s famous for its architecture. The center city of Prague has beautiful buildings, built in the styles of different centuries. The most famous building will probably be the dancing building, which is built in the nineties of the nineteenth century. But you also can visit the Prague castle, which is built in the ninth century. I like architecture, but I like paintings an awful lot more, so my search for painted art was begun as soon as I arrived in the Chech Republic.

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The first day in Prague we just walked through the city; we went up a hill and visited the National Museum. Not much art there; only a lot of history, (which I also like!) and a great view. The second day we went to the Prague castle, where I found the first paintings in the st George’s basilica. It was a painting of the assumption of Mary, painted by an unknown painter. If you havent seen art for a while, this is a very nice painting; it shows skilled labour. But dispite the skilled labour, I can’t deny the fact that it still is a very average painting, just like the paintings I found in the old royal palace. The royal palace had paintings of the noblesmen and -women of Prague’s history. The painting of Maria Eleonora of Mantua was the most remarkable, mainly because her appearance didn’t match with my personal idea of beauty. CAM00871

The third day, suddenly, I found a museum! We had to travel a long while to get there, for it was in the northern part of town, but this museum was amazing! It was called Veletržní Palace and is the home of contemporary and modern art in Prague. Not only was I able to see the work of great Chech artists like Kupka and Mucha, they also displayed a huge amount of French art. I really enjoyed the large collection of Picasso paintings. The oldest Picasso in the Veletržní Palace is from 1906, and the most recent Picasso is from 1922. I took a picture of “violin, glass, pipe and anchor: souvenir of le havre” with “the port of Cadaqués” in the background. These paintings are respectively from 1912 and 1910. I especially liked ‘souvenir‘ very much, mainly because of the combination of color and words / letters. It is brown, except for the blue and yellow parts in the top. I love those colourful accents!

The big Chech surprise was Mucha. He got my attention in the ‘normal’ exhibition with a painting which displays ultimate tragedy ‘controlled’ by a serene woman in white in the center of the painting. The contrast of the serene woman and the tragedy is something I like. Mucha is primarely famous for his Slav epic, this are 20 monumental paintings telling the story of the Slavic people, and his stained glass window in the st Vitus cathedral inside Prague castle. In the pictures below you’ll see the Mucha ‘tragedy’-painting (don’t know the actual name), followed by Picasso and Renato Guttoso. Guttoso is a Chech painter from the 20th century and I really liked the painting because of the use of colour and the emotions the painting displays. Enjoy!

Oh, and by the way: the galleries in Prague are also pretty cool! Well; except for the fact that galleries are, in fact, shops, and are hosted by sales-girls instead of a museum guide.CAM00877CAM00879CAM00882

 

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