JULIUS MARAK (1832-1899): WOODED POND AT EVENING
Charcoal on paper. Signed lower right: “J.Mařák”.
According to the expert opinion prepared by PhDr. Naděžda Blažíčková-Horová: “The remarkable and very beautiful drawing ‘Wooded Pond at Evening’ can be dated to likely the period between 1872 and 1875. At that time, Mařák married and spent the next three years in the Tyrolean Alps with his young wife and pupil. The result is romantic sentimental forest subjects. He also drew several evening and nighttime variations of the forest interior. The picturesque charcoal drawing, shaded by a wealth of grey and brownish-black gradations and the reddish-brown lights of the setting sun, shows how Mařák tended to paint rather than draw in his imaginative works. Although he shifted from what were initially composed landscapes to specific, real scenes, he primarily sought and found in them impressions, moods and emotions. Mařák created a large collection of drawings during his lifetime. For Mařák, drawing represented not only study material, but a final work itself, as can be seen in ‘Wooded Pond at Evening,’ an excellent and typical drawing by Mařák.”