JAN MATULKA: THE MYSTERY PAINTINGS

An exhibition of works by Jan Matulka
June 22, 2018 - August 11, 2018

Czech/American modernist Jan Matulka (1890-1972) stopped exhibiting publicly in 1943, yet lived another 29 years in a small New York City apartment. During that time he produced an amazing body of bold abstractions based on both his own experiences with Cubism, Synchronism and Surrealism and an awareness of the new movement – Abstract Expressionism – taking root downtown on 10th St. These previously unknown canvases show a reclusive yet brilliant artist in the fullness of his powers. McCormick Gallery has represented the esatate of Jan Matulka for twenty-five years and these works have never been shown before. A forty page catalog with an essay by historian Henry Adams is available.

Purist Composition, c. 1923
gouache on paper
16 x 12 inches
signed at lower right; estate stamped verso
#11176
Abstraction, 1930-40
oil on canvas
30 x 25 inches
#729
Abstraction, 1940-50
oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
estate stamped verso
#11337
Abstraction, 1940-50
oil on canvas
44 x 36 inches
estate stamped verso
#11339
Abstraction, 1940-50
oil on canvas
31 x 26 inches
signed on stretcher bar; estate stamped verso
#11346
Abstraction, 1940-50
oil on canvas
40 x 35 inches
estate stamped verso
#11369
Untitled Abstraction, 1940-50
oil on board
23 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches
estate stamped verso
#11708
Untitled Abstract Study, 1940-50
watercolor/gouache on paper
9 3/4 x 7 inches
estate stamped signature at lower right
#11639