Artist of the moment……Jan Matulka

Jan Matulka was a fantastic artist born in what is now Bohemia in 1890. Matulka painted in many genres, sometimes abstract, realism, cubism, but he is associated most with the modernist  movement. When the artist was only seventeen years old his family came to the United States and settled in the Bronx part of  New York city.

For his collegiate studies Matulka attended the National Academy of  Design.

Price range information: For gouache and watercolour the price range is $1,000 to $10,000. Oils range from $1,000 to $35,000. Lithographs range $1,000 to $13,000.

He would marry Lida Jirouskova who was a public library employee and very involved with the foreign community in New York.

Winner of the Pulitzer National Traveling Scholarship which allowed him to travel the world and paint it.

Over his career helped write and illustrate several children’s books.

Kept studios in Paris, France and New York city throughout his career.

Was added to the teaching faculty at the Art Students League and was the only Modernist painter there. As it was the time for realism in the art world, he was pushed out of his position. Matulka still taught privately as his students loved his classes.

Participated in the Public Works Art Projects and the Federal Art Projects during the 1930s. This would help him to work on designing very large works.

The artist lived most of his life as a recluse especially as he aged. Matulka passed away in 1972 at the age of 81 years old.

Below a great clip from a show featuring Jan Matulka.


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