SPONTANEOUS PATHOLOGIES BY KAREL HAVLICEK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Karel Havlíček was a Czech painter who began drawing at the age of 38 years. Working only at night, he followed a ritual reminiscent of the conditioning of the automatic practices. His drawings without premeditation recall, by their spontaneity, spiritualist production. He felt drawn to the monstrous, grotesque or the pathological.

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He found fulfillment in visiting natural museums, reading his favorite Kant and Schopenhauer and especially in drawing. He drew a picture every day for tens of years. The communist regime did not allow to display his work and so he was recognized only by a few artists and writers.

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