Antoš Frolka (1877 – 1935), was widely known as a painter of the Czech and Slovak National Revival, a cultural movement which took part in the Czech lands during the 18th and 19th century. The sole purpose of this movement was to revive Czech language, culture and national identity and in his paintings, we see that coming to life.
People who view Frolka’s art agree that it was devoted to the ‘small moments of everyday life’, focusing on the simple ways of peasant and farm living in the Moravian countryside. He’s known and celebrated for his portrayals of the folk life and culture of Moravia and Slovakia and he himself always dressed in Moravian folk costume and spoke in Moravian dialect.
Born in Kněždub Antoš came from a poor family. But because of his location, he had the wonderful opportunity to be taught by Joža Uprka. He attempted to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague but he failed. He also spent some time in study in Munich and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. But mostly, his techniques were his own.
He joined the Association of Moravian Artists in 1907 and in 1914 he received a scholarship to study in Paris. Unfortunately, the onset of WWI ensured that this would have to be abandoned. Frolka was sent to the Eastern Front where war left a lasting impact on him. The things he witnessed left him in a severe creative crisis and sadly, his work was never the same after the war.
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