František Kupka / Meditation
The drawing entitled Meditation belongs to the early symbolist period of Kupka’s oeuvre. In it attention is totally focused on the kneeling male nude viewed from behind, which is incorporated into a dreamlike landscape. The contemplative character of the scene is enhanced by the mountain peaks reflected in the surface of the water. The main idea behind the work could be the union of human existence with nature and awareness of human transience in the context of eternal nature, or the relationship of the microcosm and the macrocosm. The artist could also have been inspired by Nietzsche’s philosophical text “Thus Spake Zara- thustra”, which Kupka read as a student in Vienna, whose proposition that body and spirit coexist in unity is clearly reflected in Kupka’s drawing.