Renowned painter Adriena Šimotová dies aged 87

Czech artist’s lyrical works included visceral installations and sculptures of the human face

Prague, May 19 (ČTK) — Significant Czech painter and graphic artist Adriena Šimotová died in Prague this morning at the age of 87, her niece Michaela Šetlíková told the Czech News Agency.

Šimotová, who also gained fame abroad, is an important representative of the Czech art of the second half of the 20th century. Her work is closely tied with her life, reflecting her experience, joy and also pain and tragedies she lived through.

Šimotová’s lyrical works from the 1960s focused on human figures and landscapes.

In 1972, the death of her husband, painter Jiří John, was a breaking point in Šimotová’s life. She abandoned the classical style and preferred the direct physical touch instead. She started to make installations and 3-D sculptures dealing with human figure and face.

She worked with paper that she cut, scratched, crumpled and deformed to make fragile paper sculptures and reliefs.

Her work reflects the transience of being, of things and relationships, the permanent flow of time, and it poetically deals with the human issue.

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