Monday, September 21, 2015

Frantisek Zenisek

Oldrich and Bozena
oil on canvas
174.5 x 265 cm
National Gallery in Prague

Frantisek Zenisek (1849-1916) was a Czech painter. He was born into a family of merchants. His father reluctantly agreed to let him pursue his interests for arts, and allowed him to take lessons while he was still in school.

From 1863 to 1865, he was at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1875, he received his first major commission; painting murals at the city hall in Courtrai, Belgium. Then, in 1878, while making a study trip to Paris, he gained an important friend and supporter, a well-known patron of the arts. He later accompanied this patron on his honeymoon to Holland, and painted a portrait of the new couple. From 1885 to 1896, he was a Professor at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. Then, from 1896 to 1915, he was a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts.