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The Birth of Love
Author: Stephen Mould

ISBN: 9780977545520
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 15 March 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 20.0
In October 1948, a ship bearing nearly 1000 emigrants, the Charleton Sovereign, docked in Sydney Harbour. Among the passengers, primarily Displaced Persons from post-war Europe, were two Czech brothers: Voitre and Dusan Marek. They were both artists of Surrealist inclination who, fearing that their creative and personal freedom would be compromised by the Stalinist invasion of their homeland, had fled to find a new life.

Both Voitre and Dusan were land-locked Czechs, who had never seen the sea before boarding the ship to Australia. Their journey resulted in a number of seminal artworks, created by both brothers, using mostly found materials supplied by the crew of the ship.

This book traces the brother's lives and works of art they produced in Czechoslovakia before and during the war, on their voyage to Australia, and after settling. It speaks of their artistic obstacles and tribulations, and their individual responses to the contrast in culture they encountered in their adopted country.

'One major effect of the war on the South Australian artworld was the influx in late 1948 and 1949 of refugee artists from Europe. They ...

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