Stanislav Libenský

Silvie Stanická

Every glassmaker in the world knows the names of Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. The couple, who have been working together for almost fifty years, are primarily known for their molten glass sculptures that have been shown at numerous exhibitions both home and abroad. Evidence of their extremely fruitful work can be found in the collections of the world's leading museums and prestigious galleries of modern art in Europe, the United States, Japan, China and many other countries

Although the two authors have been the subjects of numerous monographs, expert studies and catalogues, reflecting mainly their work on glass sculptures, the part of Libenský’s work dealing with drawing is not well known to the public. But it is precisely drawing which allows him to instantly record his feelings, thoughts and ideas. The author takes full advantage of the expressive possibilities of classical forms of drawing, giving us an opportunity to observe his ability to complement internal and external spaces. His drawings also clearly demonstrate his enormous sense of capturing the light permeability of materials, the finest nuances of expression, his refined composition skills and, last but not least, the playful interaction of structures and colours.