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Sep 21, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Marie Mžyková: Czech Art fromthe American Collections

In her second appearance at the Czech Center New York, Dr. Mžyková will discuss the topic: “Czech Art from the American Collections.” The lecture will feature the Czech Baroque period as well as Czech art of the 19th century.

 Tuesday, September 21st at 7 pm 
at the Czech Center New York




During preparations for the exhibition “Wings of Glory: Czech Parisians in America” at the Rudolfinum Gallery in 2000 and the follow-up lecture at the Czech Center, Dr. Mžyková studied the French influence on Czech art in the latter half of the 19th century, including works by the Czech Parisians. Among the most famous of this group were Václav Brožík and Alfons Mucha. Václav Brožík‘s painting Christopher Columbus at the Spanish Court (1885) was printed on US stamps to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ first arrival in the Americas. Alfons Mucha, a driving force behind the Art Nouveau movement, often referred to as Le style Mucha, traveled frequently to the United States between 1904 and 1921. He took commissions in the US and taught art at academies in New York and Chicago.


The works by the Czech Parisians became a subject of interest of many collectors from Europe and the United States. Even to this day, unknown works of famous Czech Parisians continue to be discovered in private American collections, including paintings by Jaroslav Čermák, Vojtěch Hynais, Josef Manes, and Alfons Mucha, as well as works by Czech artists from the 17th and 18th centuries such as Karel Škréta, Petr Brandl, and particularly Norbert Grund. Interestingly enough, in the last decade of the 20th century, purchases of old Czech art in the United States increased significantly. Dr. Mžyková is currently compiling materials in preparation for an exhibition of Czech art in American collections in New York City.



Dr. Marie Mžyková is an art historian specializing in 19th century art. She is teaching at the Palackého University in Olomouc as well as at the Charles University in Prague. She is also the editor of Cour d´Honneur, a magazine on castles, palaces, and stately homes. Additionally, Dr. Mžyková is the author and editor of many other publications and has served as curator of numerous art exhibits in Europe and the U.S.


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Sep 21, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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