Saturday, December 15, 2012
Portraits & Genre Paintings by Czech artist Václav Brožík 1851-1901
Vaclav Brozik was born into a poor family of 7 children, which moved to the outskirts of Prague, when he was a toddler. Young Vaclav became an apprentice lithographer, but his real interest was in painting. Initially, he studied art at the Academy of Arts in Prague in 1868. Brozik briefly moved to Germany to study painting in Dresden & Munich. But Paris was his dream. When Brozik left for Paris in 1876, he did not know a word of French, but he brought with him was 2 letters of recommendation. Within 2 years he became recognized, as he was awarded a gold medal at the Salon de Paris. He married a daughter of a wealthy art dealer in Paris, who helped him achieve success in French high society. He spent his time traveling between Prague, where he taught at the Academy from 1893, and Paris, where his family lived. In 1896, he was elected as a foreign member and the successor of John Millais in the French Academie des beaux-arts.