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The African King

Josef Capek

The African King

Josef Capek
  • Original Title: Černošský král
  • Date: 1920; Prague, Czech Republic  
  • Style: Cubism
  • Genre: portrait
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Dimensions: 110 x 77.5 cm
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In his work, Josef Čapek drew inspiration from synthetic cubism, using its composition principles. The black king is a frontal stylised figure compiled from geometric shapes and imitations of real structures that are complemented with several more realistically rendered objects, for example a pipe. Similar to the sailors, the king evokes exoticism, adventure, and unknown worlds, which is connected with Čapek’s theoretic interest in the art of natural nations

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