Emil Filla


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(b Chropyne, Moravia, 4 Apr. 1882; d Prague, 6 Oct. 1953).

Czech painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and writer on art. Between 1907 and 1914 he spent much of his time in France, Germany, and Italy, and during this period he turned from his early Expressionist manner to Cubism, becoming the pioneer and one of the most distinguished exponents of the style in Czechoslovakia in both painting and sculpture. He spent the First World War in the Netherlands and returned to Prague in 1920. His most characteristic paintings of this time were still lifes, but in the late 1930s he turned to themes of violence, presaging the horrors of the Second World War (during which he was imprisoned in the concentration camp at Buchenwald). His post-war work was more naturalistic in style and included some large landscapes. He wrote numerous articles on art and several books.

Subjects: Art.

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