Saint Sebastian

Bohumil Kubišta

Bohumil Kubišta - Saint Sebastian
Kubišta’s Saint Sebastian is a remarkable preparatory drawing for an equally superb painting. On the one hand, it is Cubist in style, while, on the other, it looks like a technical drawing or plan. The core of the composition is the right−angled triangle that outlines the saint’s head. The head’s dominant role, with crystalline forms on the forehead, is already apparent in the drawing. The inclination of the head is formed by a system of two intersecting ellipses interrelated with two vertical ellipses that constitute the corpus of the saint’s body. At first glance, the geometric form is entirely transcendental. Jan Zrzavý characterized the painting Saint Sebastian as Kubišta’s self−portrait. Kubišta stylized himself into the role of a martyr, thus personifying the defence of modernist art that he represented.
measurements: height 948 mm
width 737 mm
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material: paper
technique: pencil
inventory number: K 39176
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings