50 Masterpieces of Fin de Siècle Art
From the Collections of the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen
Roman Musil, Ivana Skálová, Marie Rakušanová, Šárka Leubnerová, Aleš Filip
The fin de siècle artworks collection in The Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen ranks among the best public collections in the Czech Republic. It covers all the key trends that appeared on the contemporary art scene–naturalism, symbolism, impressionism and art nouveau.
At that time, Czech art was an integral part of international structures and many artists from the Czech lands studied, exhibited or worked in the key cultural centres of Europe, such as Vienna, Munich and Paris. The Pilsen collection includes, among others, works of two artists who achieved worldwide fame: one of the most important protagonists of art nouveau, Alfons Mucha, and the co-founder of abstract painting, František Kupka.
Roman Musil is the Director of the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen.
Marie Rakušanová is an Associate Professor at the Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague.
Ivana Skálová is a Curator at the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen.
Šárka Leubnerová is the former Head of the Nineteenth Century Collection of the National Gallery in Prague.
Aleš Filip is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Musicology, Masaryk University in Brno.