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Josef Šíma
Josef Šíma
(March 18, 1891 – July 24, 1971) was a renowned Czech painter, an important figure of modern European art. Biography[edit] After graduating from Academy of Arts in Prague
where he was the student of Jan Preisler
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. Style[edit] 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). External links[edit]

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 212472586 LCCN: n86021992 ISNI: 0000 0003 5875 7551 GND: 119006928 SUDOC: 027138496 BNF: cb11924788d (data) ULAN: 500027630 NDL: 01219498 NKC: jk01122943 RKD: 72614 SNAC: w6cs3b81

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