Václav Špála (24 August 1885 in Žlunice – 13 May 1946 in Prague) was a Czech painter, graphic designer and illustrator. He studied at Prague Academy. His work he expose with “Stubborn” group. At the beginning of his career his work was influenced by Fauvism, later by Cubism. Since 1923 he painted mainly landscapes and still-lives. Václav Špála ranks among the greatest phenomena of Czech modern art. Czech society alternately rejected him and lavished uncritical praise on him, and Špála remains one of the most searched-for artists in the country. His paintings used to accompany many of us throughout our school years, decorating not only classrooms but also numerous offices and living rooms. Špála was one of the first artists to be recognised with the title National Artist, and was awarded it in 1946. Since 1959 The Václav Špála Gallery carries his name. He is buried at the Vyšehrad Cemetery.
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Czech modernist painter whose work shows a synthesis of fauvism, expressionism, futurism, and orphism. Studied privately with the painter Ferdinand Engelmüller, before enrolling at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in 1903. He left the Academy without completing his studies, later joining the Mánes Association of Plastic Artists in 1909. In 1911 he left Mánes to join the Group of Plastic Artists, but returned in 1912. He participated in the first exhibition of the Stiffnecked group in 1918, and collaborated with the Artěl Cooperative in the 1920s. By 1924 all cubist elements had fallen out of his work, and he concentrated on bohemian landscapes, portraits, and by the 1930s, many floral still lifes.
Czech, Bohemian
Artist, Painter
Václav Špála, Vaclav Spala
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