Landscape of Prague Castle- Hiding a Story of Nazi Hatred

ARTIST Unknown

deceased 1991

TITLE

Painting of Prague Castle and River

 DATE

1920

 MEDIUM

Oil on canvas  

 DIMENSIONS

Width 26 1/8” x Height 16 1/2” Depth 1/2”. (66.40 cm x 41.91 cm, 1.27 cm)

 CREDIT LINE

Michael Zargarov

CURRENT LOCATION

Czech Center Museum 4920 San Jacinto St. Houston, TX 77004 Prague Hall

 ACCESSION NUMBER

PU74

 

CLASSIFICATION

Painting

 

PROVENANCE

The piece was gifted by the nephew of the artist to Michael Zargarov, the piece was located at the painter’s house in Jindrichuv- Hradec until the time of his death.


Prague Castle and River

Prague Castle and River

This beautiful 1920’s oil painting is a fine piece of history to Czechoslovakia’s past as it has an amazing story to share. The artist who painted this scenery of work truly grasp the beauty of the area. By using shadowing techniques along the water, reflecting the sun’s light and the trees’s shadow along the water, the painter wanted to established a real live sense that the world is moving through the stillness of the buildings in the midst of that is changing. Although the painting appears to be in good condition, there is some residue of damage visible in the lower right corner. The piece was stabbed by a German soldier in WWII with the purpose of indicating the Gestapo Headquarters with a knife. This work of art still survives and lives to tell it’s story here at the Czech Center Museum Houston.