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Cécilie Markova - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1911 — 1998
Country Czech Republic

Cecilie Marková, was born into a modest family in Kyjoy, Slovakia (Czech Republic), and trained as a hatmaker before finding work in a clothing shop. Introduced to spiritualism by her husband, she demonstrated a particular ability to communicate with those beyond this world. At the age of 42, her husband died suddenly of pneumonia, leaving her alone and childless. She immediately found refuge in spiritualism and began transcribing her communications with various spirits on paper in order to make them visible to the naked eye. These otherworldly exchanges would ultimately give a singularly focused meaning to her life. Her drawing practice followed a ritual that began with a short meditation. Guided solely by an invisible force, she drew her patterns with graphite in a spontaneous and nervous manners, revisiting the works later to apply color to the medium-inspired patterns.

Her highly personal and intriguing creations, teeter on the verge of a revelation, presenting fantastic hybrid beings—plants, mollusks, and primitive amphibians—floating forms that seem to dissolve and, in the process, form an abstract composition.
Cecilie Marková wrote: “I am attracted to worlds where there are no real forms.”

Artworks
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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1983
17.72 x 24.41 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1992
8.27 x 11.42 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1962
17.32 x 24.41 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1981
17.32 x 24.41 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1978
5.51 x 8.27 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1980
17.32 x 24.41 in
Catalog
Beyond on the edge of the visible and the invisible
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *the beyond : on the edge of the visible and the invisible*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2019. - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Philippe Baudouin
Forewords : Christian Berst.
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Beyond : on the edge of the visible and the invisible, from March 6th to April 13th, 2019.

Exhibitions
beyond
on the edge of the visible and the invisible, at the gallery. From March 7 to April 13, 2019.
Alma
mediums and visionaires, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Palma. From February 15 to June 2, 2019.
In and out of Africa
Oliva Creative Factory, Portugal. From October 7, 2017 to April 7, 2018.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies , Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal . From January 1 to February 26, 2017.
Exhibition view of *Beyond : on the edge of the visible and the invisible*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, photo: Elena Groud, christian berst — art brut
Collections
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
France
Antoine Frérot collection
France
Cécilie Markova

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