Wenzel Hablik / Head
The painting Head is very expressive. Hablik depicted the head of an old man whose face is implacably marked by time. Grey hair literally stands up on the man’s head and he has a long beard. His face is furrowed with wrinkles, which almost seem to be in relief thanks the extreme plasticity of the impasto that is so skilfully employed here. The artist virtually models the man’s face through this technique, thus imparting to it a grave and slightly frightening expression. The background to the man is dark and indefinable, which enhances still further the overall sense of strict authority.