Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 51.5 x 58.5 cm
Signed and dated lower right “J.Č.28”
Verso old stickers from exhibitions
Family of Josef Capek
Premier Czech Capek’s collection
Expertise by Pavla Pecinkova, PhD, the author of Capek’s biography and the curator of his retrospective exhibition in the Prague Castle Riding School, 2009 - 2010, attached.
Confirmation of authenticity by Professor Tomas Vlcek attached.
Consulted with Professor Jaromir Zemina.
An X-ray image made by conservator-restorer specialist Tomas Berger attached.
Josef Capek was a Czech artist. Capek studied at the Academy of Art in his hometown of Prague before setting out to Paris in 1910. During his one year stay in the French capital, Capek encountered the newly-invented style of Cubism. Upon his return to Prague in 1911, Capek became a leader of Czech Cubism.
In 1917 Capek received acclaim following the publication of the issue of the progressive Berliner magazine Die Aktion devoted to him. One year later he found himself amongst the founding members of the group Tvrdosijni.
He invented the word ``robot``, introduced into literature by his brother, Karel.
Due to his critical attitude towards national socialism and Adolf Hitler, he was arrested after the German invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1939. He wrote Poems from a Concentration Camp in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where he died in 1945.