Antonín Chittussi / Carp Pond near Třeboň
His paintings feature the Iron Mountains and the South Bohemian ponds and he sought subject matter for his landscapes around Prague at Troja, Petřín, and by the river Vltava at Davle, as well as at Zvíkov. His was a completely new concept of the landscape that was influenced not only by elements of realism but also of French Impressionism. He probably painted Carp Pond near Třeboň two years after his return from France, when he fell under the spell of the landscape around Třeboň, with its very specific atmosphere —— the sky reflected in the surface of the ponds there. The theme fascinated Chitussi, for whom it was a new artistic challenge. The drama in the scene comes not only from the light chosen but also the brush strokes. The colour scheme is deliberately chosen to match the period of autumn. Chitussi painted in plein air regardless of the weather, which affected his health and he contracted TB, which was to prove fatal.