Ben Uri collection

Sabbath in Prague

Artist information

Name Scarlet Nikolska (1949-)

Born Czechoslovakia

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Scarlet Nikolska was born in the Czech Republic in 1949 and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from 1969-74. She settled in England in the year of her graduation and had a solo show at Ben Uri in 1975 which reflected the characters and architecture of the old Prague Ghetto. The Daily Telegraph observed that it reflected 'the history and the spiritual tradition of her Jewish faith through the figures and forms she lived among in the Jewish ghetto [...] a remarkable record of a way of life and thought which is now dying out'. She later travelled widely including in the USA and Israel and relocated to Brussels with her husband and two children. Her work has been exhibited in London, Paris, Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Prague, Bologna, Chicago, New York and Japan.

Object Details

Object type painting

Medium oil on canvas

Materials and techniques oil (medium) canvas (support)

Unframed 100.5 x 80.5 cm

Framed 103.5 x 83.5 cm

Signed signed, bottom right: Scarlet

Acquisition presented by Dr Arnold Harwell 1995

Accession number 1995-3ii

Display status not on display

The catalogue foreword to Scarlet Nikolska's 1982 exhibition with Adam Green at the Michael Sobell Centre in London observed that her images were 'a blend of scenes encountered in Prague, Cracow and Budapest. Affectionate piety for a vanished world, reflected in ochres and browns, is enlivened by glints of blue, white and yellow from the present'


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