Defiance (Black Idol)

Františec Kupka


Colored aquatint on paper

34.7 x 34.7 cm.

In Morbid Colours, pl 407

Kupka's Defiance is "an overwhelming dark colossus in a snowswept desert, [. . . ] thus semi-stone giant protruding into a gloomy atmosphere, in a wild isolation dominating cold dark waters and the heavy lines of the snow-swept wilderness in fantastic flashes, it has much stubborn strength, and a suffocating suggesti-veness" — K. B. Mádl (1908) quoted by Urban, p. 289.

National Gallery, Prague