Ota Janecek

The Cell


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Not on display
Ota Janecek 1919–1996
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 1302 x 967 mm
Presented by the artist 1965

Catalogue entry

Ota Janeček born 1919

T00749 Cell 1964

Inscribed 'Ota Janeček | 1964' b.r., and 'Ota Janeček | CELL | THE TATE GALLERY' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 51 1/4 x 38 (130 x 96.5)
Presented by the artist 1965
Repr: Petr Hartmann, Ota Janeček (Prague 1966), n.p.

Petr Hartmann (undated note, 1965) has written that this painting is from a series of 'Cells' which developed logically out of Janeček's preceding work. He first began in his series of 'Grasses' painted in 1957-9 to move from a stylised representation of nature to 'a pictorial interpretation of the principles of construction, the order and structural framework of the plant phenomenon. Then in his 'Organisms' made in 1961-3 he turned from the external plant form, from the surface appearances, to the inner structure and shape of the organic matter. 'In "Cells" there can be observed the final stage of this process aimed at the pictorial interpretation of an image of a cell as a centre and principle of life.'

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.374, reproduced p.374

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