Antonin Prochazka ranked to the most significant avant-garde painters of the first half of the 20th century. In 1904, he entered the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, but did not finish his studies and instead left for Berlin, the Netherlands and Paris with painter Emil Filla to become acquainted with the works of both classical masters and Impressionists. He participated at the groundbreaking exhibition of the Czech Osma [Eight] art group and became member of the radical wing of the Group of Fine Artists. He settled in Brno in 1924 where he also was member of the local Group of Fine Artists. The beginnings of Prochazka’s artistic career were closely linked with Fauvism and Expressionism, but his gradual reducing of painting forms resulted in a very specific Cubist expression. After the Cubo-Expressionist period Prochazka fully embraced Cubist principles including its analytical and hermetic stage. He developed Cubism in an unusual way in which key role way played by color; his spectral decomposition of colors brought him very close to Frantisek Kupka. Art theoretician Vincenc Kramar labeled this period as “orphic”. After the First World War, Prochazka brought plasticity to his paintings via employing various materials applied on the canvas. His late Cubist stage was called poetic or lyrical. In the latter half of the 1920s, the painter responded to the contemporary Neo-Classicism and his works take on more factual and civilian form, but some also deal with subjects of the mythology of the Classical Antiquity.
* 1882, Vážany, Czech Republic