Masek, Vitezlav Karel (1865-1927) - 1893 The Prophetess Libuse (Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France) by RasMarley on Flickr.
Oil on canvas; 193 x 193 cm.
Vitezlav Karel Masek was particularly representative of Art Nouveau in Czechoslovakia, Masek started his artistic studies in Prague and continued them in Munich and Paris. He became a disciple of Seurat, and practised his style of pointillism in the manner of certain French Symbolists such as Alphonse Osbert and Henri Martin. In 1894 he exhibited in Munich and Dresden, and in 1898 became professor at the School of Decorative Art in Prague. The Prophetess Libuse, 1903, preserved in the Louvre (Paris), is characteristic of the Symbolism of Masek which in this case was adapting a nationalist theme, Libuse being a queen of Bohemia, to an art glittering with colours which Gustav Klimt adopted after him.