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Duša Ferdiš / Still life with bread

undated

oil, wood, 30 × 40 cm

posthumous estate donation in 2020

Ferdiš Duša, a native of Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, is represented in the gallery’s collections by over 500 acquisitions, the largest collection of his works at any institution. However, these items (including over 30 paintings) did not previously include any still lifes. The first was acquired as a posthumous donation to the gallery in 2020. Although this oil painting is undated, it represents an excellent and high-quality example of Duša’s work, displaying his unique approach to colour focusing on pastel tones enlivened with effects of dispersed light.

DUŠA FERDIŠ

Painter, graphic artist, potter (1888–1958). Duša was self-taught, and he had no formal academic training. In 1910 he began working at the Jaroněk brothers’ pottery workshop in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. He later established his own pottery workshops in Kunčice pod Ondřejníkem and Frýdlant. However, his earnings from the workshops were not enough to support him, so in 1924 he abandoned pottery and focused instead on painting and graphic art. In 1927 he moved to Prague, becoming a member of the Hollar group of artists. His work depicts mainly landscapes and scenes from Ostrava, the Beskydy mountains, Slovakia, and Prague. His graphic art was substantially influenced by social issues in the Ostrava region during the 1920s; this can be seen in his cycles Sad Land (1921), The Life of Man (1922) and The Hell of Labour (1923). Duša is also known for his illustrations of works by Petr Bezruč and Vojtěch Martínek.
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undated
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1983
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1996
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