Monday, 16 May 2011

Work of Art on stamps

The Czech Postal Administration has issued the stamp features the art painting by Czech painter on November 10, 2010. The stamps issued comprised of three stamp with different face value. They featured the art of Milops Jiranek, Karel Spillar, and Karel Skreta.
Miloš Jiránek, also known as Václav Zedník, was a Czech painter, art reviewer, writer and translator. His paintings were mostly influenced by impressionism. He studied at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague.
Jiránek was one of the leaders of the generation of founders of Czech modern art emerging in the course of 1890s. The main features of the new generation were their critical approach to the servitude of art with respect to ideology; calling for the creative freedom of individuals and for autonomous art thinking.
The struggle for emancipation of Czech art life found its expression in the establishment of the Mánes Union of Fine Arts (1887) and the art magazine Volné směry (1896).

Miloš Jiránek's work as a painter remained for a long time in the shadow of his activities as an art reviewer and organizer. The quality of his graphic art, tragically ended by his premature death at the age of 36 years, has not yet been fully appreciated.
The series of his masterpiece White Studies is an original synthesis of the impressionist method with an intimist atmosphere, with a well-balanced composition of colours and shapes.

Karel Špillar is the Czech painter and graphic designer. Karel Špillar studied with František Ženíšek at the Prague's Academy of Arts (1885-1893). He was one of the members of the Mánes Union of Fine Arts and a teacher (after 1913) at the Academy of Arts.
His early works were influenced by his stay at Paris and expressionism (1902-1908), other styles that found a way into his works included neo romanticism and the symbolism of Art Nouveau. His decorative works followed the paintings by Puvis de Chavannes (Portrait of a Lady in Black, 1899; Shepherds, 1914).
Špilar's best known masterpiece is his decoration of the Municipal House in Prague, including the mosaic Homage to Prague (1909) above the entrance and the paintings in Smetana's Hall representing an allegory of Music, Dance, Poetry and Drama (1910) in the Art Nouveau symbolic style.
He was the author of a number of other decorations, such as those in the lounge of the Central Hotel in Prague. Špillar was also the author of lithographic works, posters, small graphic designs.
Karel Škréta, one of the major 17th century Czech baroque painters, was born to a well-to-do Protestant family, his full name being Škréta Šotonovský ze Závořic. His family, originally from Olejnice in South Bohemia, lived in Prague and Kutná Hora.
Karel's father Konrád died when Karel was only three years old. The little boy was placed into the care of his uncle, Pavel Škréta, who, following his brother's will, enabled his young nephew to obtain a broad humanistic education in the Prague's Týn school. Young Karel spoke Latin, German, Italian and French, and this knowledge proved very useful in the young man's adult life.
Škréta's likely teachers of painting were artists at the royal court. After his return to Prague in 1638, he became one of the most popular local painters and gradually one of the major Czech early baroque painters.
Škréta's painting shop, one of the largest in Prague, employed a number of apprentices and journeyman painters. His famous works include outstanding portraits, altar paintings, drawings and illustrations. Mythological themes rarely appeared in his works. His later works were based on the chiaroscuro technique.
Škréta was the author of the Saint Wenceslas series of paintings for the Augustinian Monastery at Zderaz in Prague's New Town (1641), numerous altar paintings for major Prague churches (St. Thomas and St. Nicholas at the Lesser Town, St. Stephen, Virgin Mary before Týn) and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary church of the Cistercian Monastery in Plasy.

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