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Deborah Curtiss: Praha VII


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Deborah Curtiss
Praha VII, Belvedere Pavilion
Graphite and acrylic on pieced raw linen canvas
40" x 16" x 48" x 23"

About the Work
PRAHA VII, Belvedere Pavilion, is one of a series from a visit to Prague in 1993. It was inspired by the concept of Secret Fire, an alchemical concept by which early scientists attempted to create gold from baser elements. Since gold is an element, the alchemists were unsuccessful, but their efforts are credited with giving birth to modern chemistry and the scientific method, achievements commemorated in Prague's historically preserved Alchemy Lane. In an alchemic spirit, I gave the city colorful skies and used graphite on unprimed linen canvas to capture the prevailing colors of Prague's exquisite architecture. The trapezial shape and pieced canvas reflect the fragmentation of knowledge and contemporary life.