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    JAN MATULKA (American, 1890-1972)
    Turi Pole Landscape, circa 1921
    Watercolor and conte crayon on paper
    23-1/2 x 19 inches (59.7 x 48.3 cm)
    Signed lower right: J. Matulka
    Estate stamped verso

    PROVENANCE:
    Estate of the Artist;
    Private collection, Chicago.

    EXHIBITED:
    "Jan Matulka: The Global Modernist," a touring exhibition organized with the estate of Jan Matulka and the Montclair Art Museum (September 2004 - June 2006): Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, September 19, 2004-January 16, 2005; Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, March 1-May 1, 2005; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, June 18-July 24, 2005; Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, August 27-November 27, 2005; Avampato Discovery Museum, Charleston, January 14-March 26, 2006; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, April 9-May 28, 2006 (labels verso);
    Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, "Jan Matulka: Modern Lines," July 6-August 19, 2008, (label verso).

    LITERATURE:
    Jan Matulka: The Global Modernist, essay by Whitney Rugg, 2004, cat. no. 7, ill. p. 27;
    Jan Matulka: Modern Lines, essay by Joseph W. Lampo, 2008, cat. no. 8, ill. p. 8.


    Turi Pole was a remote and primitive area of Czechoslovakia that Matulka became fascinated with upon first visiting the region in 1921. Working in a loose and vibrant style he seems to have reserved specifically for these Czech landscapes, he made numerous watercolors and sketches of its villages and untamed terrain. Interestingly, Matulka produced these works at the same time he was producing Cubist-inspired images of other subjects. Their bright cheerful palette and stylized shapes and patterns strongly suggest an inspiration from Czech folk art.

    As Joseph W. Lampo noted of this work: "The graceful curve of the hills provides a backdrop for uniform blocky houses with thatched or tiled roofs, a patchwork-like pattern of soil, and trees full and rounded or tall with elongated foliage structures. Hash marks on the distant hill and in the foreground, striped elements on the houses, and stippling in the immediate foreground provide further patterned elements" (Jan Matulka: Modern Lines, 2008, p. 7).


    Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000.

    Condition Report*: Very good condition. Cream paper slightly yellowed as commensurate with age. Colors fresh, bright and unfaded. Right edge of paper irregular. Framed under glass and floated against acid free backing.
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    May, 2010
    27th Thursday
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