Resistance – Black Idol

František Kupka

František Kupka - Resistance – Black Idol
Resistance is one of four prints from the series called “The Way of Silence”. Its name alludes to La Voix du Silence (1889), a treatise written by the theosophist Helena P. Blavatsky. The prints in the series were a sort of visual memento of the modern Man in quest, who should address not only the great ancient cultures, but also the cosmic laws of the Universe. Resistance was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Dream−Land of 1844 about a pilgrim journeying through an obscure and desolate landscape, where Eidolon, called Night, sits erect on a black throne. This is a wild landscape of lone and dead waters. There the pilgrim finds layered memories of the past. The scene is dominated by a colossal figure of a ruler with the head of a sphinx. In the drawing, the lord of the earth looks defiantly up to the heavens, his hands twisted in a gesture of convulsive determination. In theosophy, Eidolon, meaning “image, idol, apparition, phantom” in Greek, represents the astral look−alike of the human form.
measurements: height 347 mm
width 347 mm
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material: paper
technique: etching
inventory number: R 23011
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings
licence: copyrighted work

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