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Friday, September 11, 2015

Sobeslav Pinkas


The Shepherdess of Marotte
before 1901
other details unknown

Sobeslav Pinkas (1827-1901) was a Czech genre painter and political caricaturist. His father was a politician and, later, a leading figure in the Revolutions of 1848.

He is believed to have been among the group of students that held Count Leopold von Thun hostage during the June Uprising. In 1849, after the revolution was suppressed, he found it necessary to change careers and enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts. Then he transferred to the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. In 1854, he received a scholarship to study in France, while there, he exhibited at the Salon, got married, and came under the influence of Jean-Francois Millet. He returned to Bohemia after his father's death in 1865 to look after his family. Later, he accepted a position as a drawing teacher, which he held for twenty-five years. He also taught courses for women at the Academy's graduate school and participated in planning the National Theater.