Věk civilizace (Age of Civilization), oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm, 1976
Živly (Elements), oil on canvas, 140 x 180 cm, 1975
Veliká iluze (Great Illusion), oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm, 1975
Sen (You), oil on canvas, 73 x 61 cm, 1975
Pocta Watteauovi (Homage to Watteau), oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm, 1973
Pocta Casparu Davidu Friedrichovi (Tribute to Caspar David Friedrich), oil on canvas, 1976
Zvěstování (Annunciation), oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, 1973
Sopečná civilizace (Volcanic Civilization), oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm, 1968
Ruina (Ruin), oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, 1966
Bezpečna civilizace (Safe Civilization), oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm, 1972
Archeologie (Stín chrámu) (Shadow Temple), oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm, 1973
Zelená reinkarnace (Green Reincarnation), oil on canvas, 80 x 81 cm, 1975
Veliká potopa (Great Flood), oil on canvas, 90 x 77 cm, 1975
Smrt Minotaurova (Dead Minotaur), oil on canvas, 31 x 44 cm, 1977
Pocta Pietru Brueghelovi (Tribute to Pieter Brueghel), oil on canvas, 120 x 160 cm, 1978
Bezpečna civilizace (Safe Civilizations), oil on canvas, 00 x 00 cm, 1978
Madame Carastrophe (Madame Carastrophe), oil on canvas, 00 x 00 cm, 1979
Buddhovo pravidlo (Buddha's Rule), oil on canvas, 120 x 140 cm, 1979
Profanace (Rouška Veroniky) (The Veil of Veronica), oil on canvas, 65 x 65 cm, 1980
Časoprostorová studie (Spatiotemporal study), oil on canvas, 60 x 75 cm, 1980
Hrůza (Awe), oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm, 1981
Závrat' (Dizziness), oil on canvas, 65 x 65 cm, 1984
Erbovní pověst (Heraldic Reputation), oil on canvas, 80 x 95 cm, 1984
Hisarlik (Hisarlik), oil on canvas, 83 x 163 cm, 1984
Zkáza Jericha (The Destruction of Jericho), oil on canvas, 115 x 135 cm, 1985
Podzim, z cyklu Roční doby (Autumn, From the Series The Seasons), oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 1987
Zima, z cyklu Roční doby (Winter, From the Series The Seasons), oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 1987
Ateliér (Studio), oil on canvas, 00 x 00 cm, 1987
Often our interests and muses derive from special, unplanned moments, like discovering gems such as these by Jan Souček. We will leave-out just how we find each one a mystery… not by the internet, I'll note.
We wanted to open this blog with an artist vaguely recognized in the English language -- a notion we relate to as strangers in a foreign land.
Jan Souček’s inspiration delves into various archaeological visions, evocation of bygone or dreamt-up civilizations with architecture sometimes precisely modeled on reality, and in other cases, defined completely by his fantasy or imagination… Visually, without having previously known a thing about the author, we instantly identified with his overriding issues concerning the fate of civilizations, including our own…. each piece tends to overlap and revolve around this single centerpiece of expression.
His hopelessness, which can be perceived in the content of much of his work and his nostalgic skepticism does not, however, account for any outright negative attitude to life, but rather a single point of view… a point of view adopted by a man and an artist whose works reflect the current universal threat posted to human values, including ethical principals.
For us, Souček's art thrives in spelling out the prevailing unease and sometimes-innermost horrors stemming from evolution in a society of the second millennium. Czech philosopher, Václav Navrátil, aptly summarized Souček: »…these are spiritual stories which can be found in the street, or street stories that may be encountered in one's soul «
Jan Souček was born in Prague on May 5th, 1941 and died May 3, 2008.