PRAGUE, 1900-1938: CAPITALE SECRETE DES AVANT-GARDES (Prague, 1900-1938: Hidden Capital of the Avant Gardes). Musee des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, 1997. Published in association with Reunion des musees nationaux, Paris. 360 pp. with 411 ills. (206 col.). 31 x 24 cm. LC 97-207103 ISBN 2711835863 In French.
An extensive review of progressive artistic currents in early 20th-century Prague that highlights both the distinctive features of Czech avant-garde art and its links to developments in France and Germany, this catalogue documents some 300 paintings, drawings, prints, collages, photographs, architectural designs and decorative objects by Frantisek Kupka, Alphonse Mucha, Otto Gutfreund, Emil Filla, Josef Sudek, Jan Kotera, Karel Teige, Bohumil Kubista, Josef Gocar and dozens of other artists and architects while also presenting a selection of works by such figures as Munch, Ernst, Picasso, Le Corbusier and Atget. Biographical profiles of the featured Czech artists accompany more than 20 essays that examine diverse aspects of artistic life in Prague during the period, including discussions of Expressionist, Cubist and abstract tendencies in Czech painting, the impact of Man Ray on Prague photographers, the relationship of Czech architects to Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus, and parallels between the works of Surrealists in Paris and Prague.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic — 1900-1945 — Several Media
Worldwide Number: 026095