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Vojtěch Hynais / Poetry

1885

Vojtěch Hynais was a proponent of historicism with elements of decorativism, and allegory and parable featured most prominently in his oeuvre. This is is evident in the canvas entitled Poetry, originally painted for the Villa Leclerc in Paris. It is a painting of monumental proportions, measuring 220 × 108.5 cm, and was one of the artist’s allegorical paintings from the end of the 19th century. It aimed to dominate and engulf the space in which it was placed. The picture’s leitmotiv is a female figure depicted in unnatural S-shaped motion, the effect and symbolism of which overcomes credibility. It was painted entirely in the studio and the background landscape was painted in afterwards. Thus it is a symbolic not a realistic landscape, in which the winged allegory of Poetry shares a lyre, the symbol of poetry and music, with a winged amoretto. It is similar to the works that Hynais painted for the National Theatre and National Museum in Prague, or for the Court Theatre in Vienna.

HYNAIS VOJTĚCH

A Czech painter and graphic artist, Hynais was born in Vienna where he would study at the Akademie der bildenden Künste under Anselm Feuerbach. From 1874 to 1877 he lived in Italy where he was inspired by Italian religious and mythological painting, and above all Baroque art and the work of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. He lived for many years in Paris where he studied and maintained close relations with Václav Brožík and Antonín Chitussi, and from 1888 to 1892 he collaborated with the Sèvres porcelain factory. In the context of Czech art he is probably best know for his creation of the National Theatre curtain that replaced the one designed by František Ženíšek that was destroyed in the fire of August 1881. The model for the epic painting on the curtain was the artist Suzanne Valadon, who also modelled for Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, August Renoir and Edgar Degas, and was the mother of the painter Maurice Utrillo.
The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

around 1490
Marco Bello / The Holy Family with the John the Baptist as a Child and St Roch

Marco Bello / The Holy Family with the John the Baptist as a Child and St Roch

(1st decade of the 16th century)
Hans von Aachen / Job in Misfortune

Hans von Aachen / Job in Misfortune

(pre-1600)
Domenico Fetti / Adonis

Domenico Fetti / Adonis

(post 1613)
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