Josef Čapek / Cloud
Josef Čapek’s artistic intuition pre-empted them in 1933 with his painting Cloud. A field path winds towards the horizon surrounded by dramatic contours. Mournful figures of women proceed along it. They are homeless pilgrims heading towards timelessness, from nowhere to nowhere, without hope. An ominous cloud covers the sky and only the mile post in the bottom left corner with the date is the symbolic time marker. With this work Čapek expressed his foreboding of war, suffering, genocide and the division of Europe. At the same time it is as if he had an intimation of his own tragic death in a concentration camp. Many decades have passed since this powerful work was painted but it still remains a memento and a commemoration of the victims of anti-fascist resistance.