Kamil Lhoták: Paris 47
At the Pštrossova 23 Gallery, from 22.11.2018 to 9.1.2019, fourteen unique drawings by Kamil Lhoták from the French capital of 1947
Paris played the role of Mecca for the whole generation of Lhoták, personally also representing the cradle of many technical inventions that he admired from his youth and often filled his works. The motifs of Paris have appeared in Lhoták's work since the late 1930s when the city visited it with his mother. On the second visit in September 1947, however, Lhoták's drawing skills and experience have already been fully developed into swift sovereignty, enhanced by a simple yet refined technique of colored pencils.
The series of fourteen drawings is actually a Lhotákovy travel diary replacing a photograph, and whose motifs oscillate from the memorable houses of his favorites (Wilde, Delacroix) through portraits of typical figures (Parisian, English) and well-known places (Seine, Louvre) to the final gasiers in Clignancourt , referring to the poetry of Group 42. A second reflection of this journey is also a series of paintings from the late 40s, depicting the Parisian realms, but also the abundantly present French flag on many otherwise unlocated canvases and drawings.
The unique Lhotak convoy of fourteen Parisian drawings, adjusted in separate passe-rings inside hand-painted canvas, was probably later a gift to one of the painter's friends. According to the details and judgment of the work experts, it can be concluded that the final adjustment of the album was nevertheless completed during the 1960s.
The album Paris 47 is first introduced to the public for the first time and supplemented by other author works from private collections that are related to it in time or thematically. The unique feature of the exhibition is Lhoták's single statue, the iconic Plovatka, appearing in various variations on many of his canvases.
Pavel Vančát, curator of the exhibition