The Big One Rebukes the Little One

Karel Nepraš

Karel Nepraš - The Big One Rebukes the Little One
Nepraš’s sculptural and drawing oeuvre is one of the most prominent manifestations of the New Figuration movement of the 1960s, which he produced in a distinctive grotesque variant that reflected the hopeless, tragic-comic human existence. Initially, he created monstrous-looking, expressively deformed figures using the technique of assemblage and at the end of the decade he began to incorporate movable mechanical elements into the figures and shifted to casting his sculptures from metal alloys. The pair of schematic profiles attached together by a purposeless chain gear is representative of the mechanism of manipulation of the individual and the failure of communication. The sculptural treatment of the subject of dysfunctional communication appears recurrently in Nepraš’s artwork from the 1960s through the 1990s.
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measurements: height 70 cm
width 100 cm
material: aluminium, iron
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inventory number: P 5970
gallery collection: Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art
licence: copyrighted work

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