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Oldřich Smutný

Museum Kampa
27. June 2015 - 30. August 2015
Curator David Bartoň


 

A lot of different newly established artist groups of the “1960’s generation” and their activities largely contributed to the then revival of the Czech society. One of those groups, which created in 1960, was UB 12. It soon became apparent, that members of this group, namely Václav Boštík, Jiří John, Adriena Šimotová and Oldřich Smutný, are the top representatives of Czech graphic art since the end of World War II.

Some, and also Šimotová, enriched modern art by gradually crossing borders of traditional visual art disciplines and bringing in means of expression from other fields. One of those who did not take this direction was Smutný, who never stopped expressing himself as a clean painter despite ever intensifying non-painterly tendencies of that time. Like John, he conceived painting holistically, both optically and haptically, and the significant part of his paintings were created with a “beautiful matter – belle matière”, formed with a strong brushwork. Colour scheme of his steady compositional schemes rotated, especially in monotypes, using inexhaustible imagination, and his clear blues and greens, bright yellows and reds surrounded by fine nuances of whites, which he understood like only very few modern painters secured him a very significant but often overlooked position amongst our colourists. These distinctive colour harmonies were inspired by beloved Southern Bohemia, his self proclaimed second home. He became its loyal and devoted portrayer and the symbolic paintings which celebrate the landscape around the city of Písek with white houses between blooming trees, swans on mirroring ponds, and clouds on a sky blue, along with Špála’s paintings of Otava, belong to the most painterly, musically and positively charged art of European culture in the 20th century – with all affinity to the art of France. Oldřich Smutný would have turned 90 this year and the exhibition of a selection of his extensive artwork in Museum Kampa is well deserved.
Jaromír Zemina

DAVID BARTOŇ (born 1964) graduated the Czech University of Life Sciences in Brno and worked as an agricultural engineer, warehouseman, innkeeper, ceramist and director of the City Gallery in Telč. Since 1998 he has been a curator, gallery owner and artist. He paints primarily the landscape of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands.


 

 

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Oldřich Smutný

17. 6. 1925 - 1. 9. 2013

Born June 17, 1925 in Debř. Originally, he wanted to be a violinist, but since fourteen years of age, he devoted himself wholly to painting. After graduating from grammar school in Mladá Boleslav, where he was introduced to art by Bedřich Mudroch, he studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague under the leadership of Jan Bauch (1945–1950), and additionally at the Pedagogical Faculty of Charles’ University (1951–1954) and at the Academy of Musical Theatre Arts under František Tröster. He then became his assistant and thought painting, later on as an associate professor, at the Department of Stage Design for thirty five years. He was an author of several theatre scenes, namely for the National Theatre in Prague and the South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice. For years he devoted himself to photography and in 1988 he received 1st prize for visual art of an animated film S úsměvem (With a Smile) at the Huesca International Film Festival. He wrote and illustrated a book called Labutě, labutě… (Swans, swans…) published in 1982 and again in 1986. In the 1960’s, he became a member of UB 12 and since 1992, he was a member of the Umělecká beseda art group. Oldřich Smutný lived and worked in Prague and in Putim, where he passed away September 1, 2013.


 

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Museum Kampa

June 27, 2015 - Aug. 30, 2015

A lot of different newly established artist groups of the “1960’s generation” and their activities largely contributed to the then revival of the Czech society. One of those groups, which created in 1960, was UB 12. It soon became apparent, that members of this group, namely Václav Boštík, Jiří John, Adriena Šimotová ... more

PANORAMA I Visit
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BANNER

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House and Trees on Water, 1992

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BANNER

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Oldřich Smutný , second half of the 50s

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Oldřich Smutný , second half of the 50s

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Atelier of Oldřich Smutný, around 1961

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Oldřich Smutný in his atelier, 1963

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Oldřich Smutný , 70s

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Oldřich Smutný , 70s

PANORAMA II Visit
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Snowy Roofs, 1973

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Baroque Farmhouse, around 1970

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White Farmhouse, 1968

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South Bohemian Village, 1956

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Southern Bohemia / Black Sky, 1960

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Southern Bohemia, 1960

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Southern Bohemia / Blanice, 1960

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Písek / U Otavy , 1961

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Houses by the Water, 1961

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Bell Towet in Drahonice, 1961

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Gooses at the White Wall, 1961

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Yellow Houses by the Wather, 1961

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Big Red Roof, 1961

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White House by the Water, 1961

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Green Landscape by the Water, 1961

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South Bohemian Village, no date

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South Bohemian Village, no date

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South Bohemian Village - Putim, no date

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South Bohemian Village - Putim, no date

PANORAMA III Visit
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Trees at the Water, 1992

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Sun over a Yellow Field, 1992

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House and Lilac Bush at the Water, 1992

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Clouds over Water, 1992

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Many of Gooses on the Pond, 1966

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Cloud ower Water, around 1970

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Cuba, 1971

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Tree, around 1971

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Trace in the Sand 1, 1970

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Forest, no date

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Landscape, late 60's

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Bell Tower, 1967

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Bush in Blossom, second half of the 60s

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Tree by the Sea, early 70s

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Forest in Night, 1970

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Trace in the Send 2, 1970

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Sun over a Village, around 1996

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Tree upon a Swamp, around 1991

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Village under Branches, around 1996

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Old Window, around 1996

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Village upon a Glossy Surface, around 1988

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A lot of Clouds over Houses, 1966

PANORAMA IV Visit
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Clouds over a Pond, 2010

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Long Roofs, 1993

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Green Window, 1992

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Trees in Window, 2008 - 2009

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Summer Window, 2005

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Head in the Window, 2005

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House at the Water, 2010

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Old Window, 2005

PANORAMA V Visit
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Swans in Trees, 1995 - 1997

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White Night / Night over a Pond, 1995 - 1997

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Winter Sun , 1997

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Triptych, 1993

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Flying Leaves, 1995

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Frozen Window, 2005

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Green Window, 1975

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Houses at the Lake, 1994

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Pink Field, 2013

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Trees at the Water, 1985

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Evening, 1994

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House in a Winter Landscape, 1992

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House in Winter at the Water, 2008

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Window on the Facade, 1991

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Landscape, no date

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Village by the Water, no date

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Pink House, 1972

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House and Blue Trees oner Pink Field, no date

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Landscape, 1969

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Winter has Arrived, 1994

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House at the Ploughed Field, 1993

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A House and Three Trees, 1999

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White House, 1987

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House at the Water, 1970

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Road, no date

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Yellow Landscape, no date

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Oldřich Smutný
Swans on the Pond in Putim

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Oldřich Smutný
Swans on the Pond in Putim

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Oldřich Smutný
Swans on the Pond in Putim

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Oldřich Smutný
Swans on the Pond in Putim

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Oldřich Smutný
Swans on the Pond in Putim

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Oldřich Smutný
Swans on the Pond in Putim

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Oldřich Smutný
Swans on the Pond in Putim

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Oldřich Smutný
Swans on the Pond in Putim

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Oldřich Smutný
Swans on the Pond in Putim

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Blue Swan, 2006

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Old Window, 2008

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Face, 2007

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House under the Black Field, 2008

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Two Trees at Night, 2008

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House at the Pond, 2008

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Houses in the Bush, no date

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Tree at Night, 2008

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House at the Pink Field, 2008

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Four Trees over Pond, 2008

PANORAMA VI Visit
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Night Swan, 2008

PANORAMA VII Visit
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Cuban Path, 1989

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Dark Window, 1968

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Blue Trees, 2000

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