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Published 2015-01-17

Painter with the White Cane

When Tatiana Kucharova Foundation - Beauty of help asked Young Real Art for help with preparing an exhibition Ladislav Machacek, Painter with the White Cane it was accepted with enthusiasm. The Beauty of Help Foundation focuses on helping seniors to lead dignified lives in the comfort of their own homes.

 

Ladislav Machacek is an 86 years old, visually impaired Czech painter. Despite his disability, he pursued a distinctive artistic career. Painter with the White Cane is his 7th solo exhibition showing oil paintings from 1960 to 1990. 

Ladislav Machacek, Jana Lastovka (left) and Tatiana Kucharova (right) at the exhibition opening.

The Private View took place in a warm, congenial atmosphere, and Ladislav Machacek raised a glass to the cirle of his close friends and fans. Jana Lastovka, the founder of Young Real Art and Tatiana Kucharova, the founder of Beauty of Help Foundation were there, celebrating with Ladislav Machacek. Everyone was proud to put together such a wonderful show.

The paintings in the exhibition are scenes from the artist's childhood, his home town, nearby forests and meadows, his country house in Kostelec Upon Elbe, and, of course, women. The ordinarinessf is suppressed by the authentic rendering of the paintings as well as by a hint of mystery - Ladislav Machacek made many painting trips to plain air at night. Central to the exhibition is a piece called Leto na Labi (Summer on Elbe), 1962, which depicts a Summer's afternoon in Jirice.. Perfectly formed clouds, the almost completely still river, and the women, bring tranquility to the painting. 

Ladislav Machacek, Leto na Labi (Summer on Elbe), 1962, oil on canvas

 

Ladislav Machacek - The Painter with the White Cane opening night

Ladislav Machacek, The Painter with the White Cane is open until 5th February 2015 at Villa Pelle, Pelleova 10, Prague  http://villapelle.cz/en/

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