Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bretislav Bartos

Laundry bleaching
oil on canvas
50 x 41 cm
other details unknown

Bretislav Bartos (1893-1926) was a Czech painter, born in Frenstat pod Radhostem, died at Dolni Mokropsy near Prague.
His paintings displayed density and surface expression, often using sober tones, bordering earthiness. Some of his work was similar to Italian Renaissance paintings. His paintings often had symbolic overtones and he tried to express in his work social situation which sometimes occur and revolutionary themes.

He graduated from the Prague Academy of Graphic Art. He fought in the World War I as a legionnaire in Italy, and during his time of service in the Italian Legion, in his free time, he painted a collection of scenes from the Front. In 1914 he co-founded the art association Koliba (Moravian art competition of the Prague meetings at which he also exhibited). He died in 1926 aged only 33 from tuberculosis.