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Jaroslav Král /Harvest

1934

The painting Harvest from 1934 is typical of Král’s work from the first half of the 1930s. The central motif of the picture is a woman who is the dominant figure of a group of harvesters. A basket hangs from the woman’s right arm and with her other hand she holds a white scarf above her head. Her gaze is directed to the right, beyond the painting as if she is trying to lure other harvesters into the composition.

The entire scene of four figures is geometrised by Král’s distinctive lightness. Typically for Král the use of colour is reduced, although the contrast of bright green with grey and white gives the picture a feeling of dynamic energy.


KRÁL JAROSLAV

Jaroslav Král attended secondary school in České Budějovice before passing the entrance examination for the School of Applied Arts in Prague, where he studied figural and ornamental drawing. In 1904 he was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (studio of Vojtěch Hynais). After completing his studies he taught mathematics in Mladá Boleslav before settling in Brno, where he was extremely active on the local arts scene from the outset, founding the Aleš Club of visual artists together with Josef Šíma, Jaroslav Provazník and others. In 1921 he was appointed technical drawing assistant at the Brno Technical University. Král’s oeuvre displayed Cubist tendencies from the very start. During the first half of the 1920s his works dealt with social issues but he mostly abandoned these around 1925. From the early 1930s the dominant theme of his works was woman. He started to abandon the Cubist approach and began to paint still lifes.
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