Josef Šíma (March 18, 1891 – July 24, 1971) was a renowned Czech
painter, an important figure of modern European art.
After graduating from Academy of Arts in
Prague where he was the
Jan Preisler he was involved in the
Devětsil movement and
in Umělecká beseda in
Prague before travelling to
Paris in 1921. He
took French citizenship in 1926. He was artistic director for the
journal Le Grand Jeu in 1929 and friend of French poets René Daumal,
Roger Gilbert-Lecomte and Roger Vailland.
His sources of inspiration spanned from sensual experience, through
civil themes, geometric abstraction, imaginative seeking of archetypes
of nature, things and human existence pictured as crystals, cosmic egg
and female torsos to fascination by landscapes and mythology, until he
finally united all these elements and made a synthesis of them in
cosmic visions and symbols of human destiny.
He exhibited at documenta 2 in 1959. He also illustrated many books,
made book covers, scenic paintings and designed stained glass windows
(e. g. in The Church of St Jacques in Reims).
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