Along with his namesake František Kupka, Czech modern painter František Foltýn has been labeled one of most pre-eminent Czech painters of non-figurative art. The significance of Foltýn’s oeuvre is, among other things, proved by the recently increasing interest in it from the side of both professional public and collectors. František Foltýn, native from the Šumava Mountains’ city of Královské Stachy, co-founded the Brno Group of Fine Artists and, from 1937 to his death, lived in the Moravian capital of Brno. Foltýn’s early work, in which he interestingly reflected the Primitivist variant of the New Objectivity movement, and which probably represents the most attractive and also the most original stage of his work, was created in the Slovak city of Košice between 1918 and 1923 and often had social and literary connotations. The international art scene of non-figurative art was enriched by Foltýn’s unique contribution between 1924 and 1934, when the artist lived in Paris and became member of the geometrically-oriented art group Cercle et carré and subsequently entered the ground of the international, stylistically hybrid group called Abstraction-Création. He discovered his intrinsic style in a compositional system that can be, in general, associated with Organic Abstraction. Soon after his return to Brno, Foltýn turned to Realism, with a short break in the 1960s when he favored the field of Abstraction.
* 1891, Královské Stachy, Czech Republic