Quality is the first norm for art, but its final norm is love and truth, the enriching of human life, the deepening of our vision.


Reynek, Bohuslav - by John Kohan

Bohuslav Reynek

by John Cohan

One biographer of Bohuslav Reynek (1892-1971) presents the chapters in his life story as the fourteen Stations of the Cross. The devotional metaphor is appropriate for this Czech artist of faith. Considered to be one of the most important poet-artists to come out of Bohemia in the modern era, Reynek lived through two World Wars, the coming of Communism to Czechoslovakia, and the brief period of freedom, known as the Prague Spring, dying shortly after the restoration of a Moscow-controlled regime.

Beloved of the Lord, ca. 1920

Reynek saw his family manor house taken from him twice and spent the last quarter century of his life as a state worker on his own land, tending sheep and goats by day, making exquisitely-detailed graphic images at night by candlelight--an artistic and spiritual climb up Golgotha.