In Front of Mirror
Lithograph, size: 24,5 x 17,9 cm, (42 x 34,7 cm including frame), black print on paper.
Published in book Josef Čapek Graphics, Pavla Pečínková, Prague 2009, pages 100 a 243.
Favourite motif of bathing, which we know already from European modern painting is transferred during 1920s and 1930 to more intimate moments of female life in the bathroom – undressing and bathing at washbowl or in front of mirror. It also gets its abstract form.
Lyrical graphic folio Woman in Front of Mirror substantiates Čapek´s specific cubistic expression and fundamental tendency to creating new attempts for convincing and fresh expression of the artist´s intention. What is remarkable the most, is the measure of simplification limited to minimum of geometrical elements – straight lines while preserving sharp silhouette edging. This principal of making abstract, originally cubistic forms alive, apparent in simple image of a woman in front of mirror is decisive in main part of Čapek´s work in general.
Per inventory of Čapek´s graphic work there are 27 not signed and 1 signed prints. Since it was not a custom to give numbers to graphics at that time, this is an exceptional piece of information, because it gives every print a real mark of uniqueness.