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Prachensky, Markus

Markus Prachensky Luxor Swing – 8 – 1997


1932 Innsbruck – 2011 Vienna

“Luxor Swing – 8 – 1997”
lower right: “Prachensky 97”, verso titled and dated
acrylic on canvas
65×47 ¼ in

Extended trips around the entire globe were essential for the life and creative work of renowned Austrian painter Markus Prachensky. Time spent in Egypt in 1996 provided him with the impetus for the series “Luxor Swing”. Alongside painting, Prachensky had also studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Accordingly, architecture, especially that of Antiquity, was often a source of inspiration and motif of his works. The major temple complex in Luxor was commenced in the 14th century B.C.E. under Pharaoh Amenhotep III and developed into an impressive complex under his successors. Mighty columned halls, countless monumental statues and obelisks as well as the 1.7 miles long Avenue of Sphinxes distinguish this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

Markus Prachensky processed his memories of his trip to Egypt, his impressions of the unique Nile landscape in the glistening sunlight, and his fascination with the early advanced civilization with the help of his incomparably energetic gestural and impulsive visual language. The swing music of Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz, which accompanied Prachensky as he painted, was a crucial part of the dynamic creative process, hence its inclusion in the title of this vibrant series.

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