Max Švabinský

...born in 1873, the illegitimate son of a 16-year-old girl: "He was born in the south Moravian town of Kroměříž to a very modest family. From a very young age, he showed an exceptional talent for creative art, and at 11 he started earning money for the whole family by selling his pictures. He was raised by 3 women - his mother, grandmother and aunt, a fact that proved very significant for Svabinsky's work throughout his life. His work...

Czech painter, draughtsman, graphic artist, and professor in Academy of Graphic Arts in Prague. Considered one of the more notable artists in the history of Czech painting and produced significant work during the first half of the 20th century. He was relatively unusual among modernist artists in that his work was accepted by the communist regime; this was due at least in part to his having formed his artistic personality prior to 1900, prior to the advent of cubism.

Together with Jan Preisler, Antonín Slavíček, and Miloš Jiránek, he was one of the founders of Czech modern art....

Maxmilian (Theodor Jan) Švabinský has been for decades one of the best known Czech artists. He was a distinguished member of the generation that laid the foundations of modern Czech art and the quality of his work helped put Czech art on the European map....

In the space of 60 years, Švabinský created outstanding portraits, series of graphics, posters, bank notes, stamps and many decorative designs. He was convinced that the greatest teacher and inspiration was nature, which he celebrated in his drawings throughout his life. He outlived all the leading personalities of his generation by as much as 50 years....

Among the less happy aspects of Švabinský’s fate is that the greatest works of his mature years have remained anonymous (the cathedral) or inaccessible (the Liberation Monument)....
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Suzan Hamer


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