No, it is not a metaphor, it is literal. Július Muška was a prolific, hardworking artist who throughout his productive decades created thousands of artworks, frequently changing techniques and genres, but relishing in his two favorites – landscape and figure painting. Muška was born in 1919 in Medzilaborce, eastern Slovakia, and after completing high school in Uzhhorod, he studied drawing and geography in Bratislava. He gave lectures on art at the University of Presov for several years, and debuted in 1962 with his first solo exhibition. Muška participated in numerous art shows, exhibitions and plein-airs at home and abroad, collectively and solo. He passed away in 2013, leaving behind a greatly cherished body of work that documents social, political and personal changes equalling one long and fruitful life.
When you click on this link, an online catalogue made for his 2010 exhibition will open. It is full of artworks that represent Muška’s evolution as an artist, the myriad of techniques he used, wonderfully captured scenes of the village life, atmospheric portraits, modernly cut urban scenes, enchanting landscapes, lovely views of Presov townscape, several etchings as well as edgy abstract experiments. You can also see a list of exhibitions and some private photos on the last pages.