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House of Art
10.00–18.00

Antonín Hudeček / Woodland Pool

(around 1936)

The painting Woodland Pool is an example of Hudeček’s sensitive treatment of the landscape. The main emphasis is on the surface of the water, which presents the painter with a whole range of possibilities of capturing the play of light and shade. Crucial is the range of colours reflected in the surface of the water and creates the overall atmosphere of the scene.

HUDEČEK ANTONÍN

Antonín Hudeček studied painting from 1888 to 1896 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, first in the studio of Maxmilián Pirner and then that of Václav Brožík. He also studied at the Munich Academy under Professor Otto Seitze in the period 1892−1894. He grew increasingly interested in landscape painting and from 1897 he would regularly take part in plein air painting trips to the area around Okoř together with the pupils of Julius Mařák. Soon he was painting works largely inspired not only by Julius Mařák and his friend Antonín Slavíček but also by French Impressionism. His paintings reflected the changes in the landscape at different times of day and times of year. Over the years he shifted from an impressionist to a more realistic approach. In 1902 he made a study trip to Italy with Jan Preisler and was enthused by the painting of sea scenes, so-called marine art. During his prolific career he also painted woodland scenes with an increasingly expressionist tendency. His favourite locations for landscapes were in the environs of Prague, Kolín and Police nad Metují. From 1920, following a trip to Salzburg, where he was captivated by the alpine scenery, he started to travel regularly to the Tatra Mountains, creating a cycle of paintings of the mountain lakes. At the end of the 1920s he also made trips to Carparthian Ruthenia, an attractive destination for landscape painters. Towards the end of his life he grew attached to the town of Častolovice in Eastern Bohemia, where he also died.
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