Otto Gutfreund / Don Quijote
As for many other artists, he was to be inspired by his encounter with the work of Picasso, whose sculpture Head of a Woman (Fernande) from 1909 he saw in Prague. That influence is evident in the work Don Quijote (1911), in which he tackled the problem of the relationship of surface to volume in a distinctive way. Apart from his independently produced sculpture he created a monumental relief The Return of the Legions (1922−1923) for the Legio- banka in Prague. Similarly well known is his monument to “The Grandmother” of Božena Němcová Grandmother with Children (1922). In the 1920s he created a number of civilist terracotta sculptures on the theme of everyday life, including Girl with a Dog, Industry and Trade. Otto Gutfreund is an outstanding figure of Czech sculpture in spite of his brief career.