The cycle of one hundred and six preparatory drawings by František Kupka created for the encyclopedia Man and Earth will be extraordinarily presented by Galerie Kodl from 12 to 24 October. Then the work goes to auction. To work on the encyclopedia, Kupka even attended university lectures at the Sorbonne in Paris.
The Encyclopedia Man and the Earth, published in France from 1904 to 1908, summarizes the history of mankind from prehistory to the present, ie to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. He tells the story through text, maps, various drawings, photographs and Kupka’s illustrations. It was in France that Kupka, a native of Opočno, spent most of his life, the world knows him as one of the founders of modern abstract painting.
“A characteristic feature here is the departure from the current positivism to the historical-political context, with an emphasis on social issues. Aktuálně.cz Kasl Gallery spokesperson Galerie Kodl. The Czech businessman Waldes was a well-known patron of the arts in the first half of the 20th century, he died in World War II in Cuba.
Kaslová also reminded that due to the order for the encyclopedia Kupka even attended university lectures on anthropology and history at the Sorbonne in Paris.
“The illustrations are not just a supplement, but rather an equal part of the text. It is a work of literally mammoth dimensions in scale and scope.
“The introductory headings express the basic framework of thought, the vignettes reflect an interpretation with an often caricature hint pointing to the painter’s worldview.
From an illustrative point of view, according to her, the famous painter created a completely atypical work of world importance, often supplemented by ironic and satirical jinotaji.
People can view all one hundred and six drawings in the Kodl Gallery from October 12 to 24. Then the whole file goes to the auction as one item. The auction will take place on November 28. The starting price of the whole set is 25 million crowns, the estimated price is higher, 30 to 50 million crowns.