Artwork Title: Chudý kraj (The Poor Country) - Artist Name: Max ŠvabinskýArtwork Title: Chudý kraj (The Poor Country) - Artist Name: Max Švabinský

Chudý kraj (The Poor Country), 1900

Max Švabinský

Artwork Title: Chudý kraj (The Poor Country) - Artist Name: Max ŠvabinskýArtwork Title: Chudý kraj (The Poor Country) - Artist Name: Max ŠvabinskýArtwork Title: Chudý kraj (The Poor Country) - Artist Name: Max ŠvabinskýArtwork Title: Chudý kraj (The Poor Country) - Artist Name: Max Švabinský
Also in 1900, one of the most important of his works - "The Poor Region" - was painted. It is an allegory of the Czech-Moravian Highlands, a region of beautiful scenery but very poor people, again depicting his wife Ela. Svabinsky soon became professor at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, and he was highly appreciated not only as an ingenious drawer and painter, but as a graphic artist as well. He remained a well known public figure from that time until his death in 1962. It's interesting that his understanding of art differed from that confessed by his contemporaries, who are often called 'the tragic generation' because all of them died before their 50th birthdays. Svabinsky survived his generation by some 50 years. One of his major large paintings is called 'Harvest'. He finished it in 1927 after many years, but in the meantime he accepted several important commissions, such as to paint three stained-glass windows in St. Vitus cathedral at Prague Castle, and create a mosaic in the Liberty Memorial on Vitkov hill in Prague. Unfortunately, both works were finished at the time Hitler occupied Czechoslovakia - in 1939 - and that's why people don't know much about them.(http://www.radio.cz/en/section/czechs/max-svabinsky)

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