František Tichý / The Billiard Players
His distinctive treatment of light is particularly evident in the painting The Billiard Players in which the dramatic element and concentration on the shot blend into each other, which is achieved by the use of an unusual viewpoint and perspective that is intensifed by the effect of light and colour. The work conveys an almost religious attentiveness which, because of the halo-like cones of light, evokes the quiet reverence of Jean Baptiste–Siméon Chardin’s paintings. A poetically romantic undertone and poignant sadness are what characterise Tichý’s oeuvre, as well an economy of gesture and harmony of colour. The individuality of his works is also due to his mastery and ability to use many painting techniques in an original way.