Academic journal article Chicago Review

A Note on Anna Zemankova

Academic journal article Chicago Review

A Note on Anna Zemankova

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Anna Zemankova was born in Olomouc, Moldavia on August 23, 1908, worked as a dental technician for ten years before her marriage in 1933, began a family in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and moved to Prague after the war. Following a period of depression in 1960, at the suggestion of her son Bohumil, an artist, she began to draw. She died in Prague in 1986. Classified an "outsider artist," Zemankova nevertheless received considerable recognition in her lifetime, with solo and group exhibitions in Paris and Prague. She was a devoted reader of difficult Czech poets like Otokar Brezina and Vladimir Holan. And she listened to classical music (by Bach and Janacek, among others) while making her drawings in the early hours of each morning at a custom-made table in her kitchen. The pieces reproduced at actual size here (and on the front and back covers of this issue) conjure for me the sympathetic prose of Maurice Maeterlinck's The Intelligence of Plants, the abstract empiricism of Karl Blossfeldt's photographs of botanical anatomy, and the structural intricacy of Bach. …

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