collage - mixed media (acyrlic, oil, canvas) on canvas, 1965, signed centre left, 140 × 91 cm
Marie Pospíšilová is a recent discovery of Czech art history. The artist, who completed her studies in Prague and Berlin in the 1920s, exhibited in Rome as early as 1933, alongside important personalities of modern art (e.g. Giorgio de Chirico). She then settled in Trieste, where she became one of the leading figures of the local art scene. In the years 1936–1946, she temporarily returned to Prague, where she met Oskar Kokoschka and lead members of the Surrealist Group – Karel Teige, Jindřich Štyrský, and Toyen. After World War II, she moved permanently to Switzerland, where she worked until her death. The presented work comes from her late Swiss period and was exhibited at the Levy Gallery in Hamburg in 1981.