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Judith in Grandmother’s Attic

16 Jan

It’s dark in here.

Judith () Jakub Frantisek

Jakub Frantisek (1875-1940), “Judith Beheading Holofernes,” oil on canvas, 150.5 x 124.5 cm, auctioned by Waddington’s, December 10, 2013 (Lot #88)

With a little light, we might be able to see that this is a lovely work by Jakub Frantisek.  I know it is probably lovely because I looked up his other works – and they are refreshing and delightful, bright and cheery – with frothy subjects about families and children and nymphs and satyrs.

Fruit Pickers () Jakub Frantisek

Jakub Frantisek (1875-1940), “Fruit Pickers,” oil on canvas, 54.61 X 75.25 cm, auctioned by Christie’s South Kensington, September 11, 2014 (Lot #6)

Allergory Years (1908) Jakub Frantisek

Jakub Frantisek (1875-1940), “Allergory Years,” 1908, oil on canvas, 111.5 x 125 cm, auctioned by Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery, Prague, CZ, November 2014 (Lot #22)

What happened??

I can find little information on Frantisek, with the exception of a brief description of his studies at Prague Academy, early whimsical views of Prague’s waterfront and later figural compositions that excelled in color.  Obviously at some point he experimented with dark interiors and … Judith Beheading Holofernes is a result.

Ah, the limitations of viewing images on the internet.  From what I can discern, this is actually a unique portrayal of Judith as she contemplates Holofernes’ head while reclining naked on the floor.  The most unusual aspect is the prominence of the fauchion – that huMONGous curved sword that rests near the decapitated body.  This is one of the few depictions that shows the blade in the size and shape I imagined.

Judith () Jakub Frantisek detail 1

Jakub Frantisek (1875-1940), “Judith Beheading Holofernes” – detail of fauchion, oil on canvas, 150.5 x 124.5 cm, auctioned by Waddington’s, December 10, 2013 (Lot #88)

 

Not content with the limits of internet viewing, I played with the image to see if it could be improved.  When I say I “played with the image,” I mean I put it in PowerPoint and used the filters available to me since I am a PowerPoint-kind-of-girl.  I will let you be the judge of my enhancement abilities.

Bright 40%, Color 40%

Bright 40%, Color 40%

Marker

Marker

Texturizer

Texturizer

Mosaic Bubbles

Mosaic Bubbles

Film Grain

Film Grain

Glass

Glass

Line Drawing

Line Drawing

Smiley Face

Smiley Face

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