Friday, September 18, 2015

Julius Marak

Scene from Tyrol (Motiv aus Tirol)
c. 1865
56.5 x 36 cm
paper fixed on cardboard

Julius Marak (1832-1899) was a Czech landscape painter and graphic designer. Among his major commissions were decorations for the new National Theater in Prague and paintings for the staircase of the National Museum.

His father was an auditor and land registrar. His first painting lessons came while he was in the Gymnasium. His several family members were singers and musicians, therefore he had difficulty deciding between an artistic or a musical career. But, from 1852 to 1853, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, then attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. From 1855 to 1858, he wandered throughout Bohemia, seeking inspiration, then settled in Vienna. While there, he learned etching, gave drawing lessons, and provided illustrations for several local magazines. Influences from the Barbizon school began to appear in his work, although he had never been to France. He later made a tour of the Balkans and the Tyrol. He returned to Prague in 1887 and for a professorial post for landscape painting at the Academy.