Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Frantisek Kavan

Harvest  (Ernte)
oil on cardboard
50 × 66 cm
location unknown

Frantisek Kavan (1866-1941) was a Czech painter and poet. He graduated from high school in Hradec Kralove in 1888.
He studied painting at the academy in Prague during 1889 to 1896. He was a member of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. He spent the end of his life in the area of his birthplace and he was a very humble and likeable person who had given away most of his paintings. As a painter, he specialised in realistic landscapes and created over 4,000 paintings. He concentrated on mountain areas. He was certainly the greatest poet among painters and the greatest painter among poets. But, unlike his paintings, his poems were soon forgotten. He also translated literary works from Russian.