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Charles Kvapil ( 1884-1958) Belgian Painter

Charles Kvapil was s a Belgian painter of the School of Paris, Czechoslovak origin, born in Antwerp on November 1, 1884, and died in Paris in 1958.

Charles Kvapil studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. His first works were exhibited in 1908 at the Salon d'Anvers. In 1911 he exhibited in Munich, then these works showed a clear influence of Cubism. In 1914, he exhibited again in Belgium, at the Triennale in Brussels.

He was mobilized during the First World War. After the armistice, he lives in Paris, and set up his studio in Montmartre, the Hameau des Artistes, between rue Lepic and the Avenue Junot, that's where he died. He lives a very poorly-funded, but it is provided with an optimistic temperament and he hopes to break and must work to survive and he painted mostly in the evenings, especially during his early years in Paris. At the Salon des Independants in 1920, Kvapil is revealed to the Parisian public. "In the wake of the legendary figures of Montparnasse, in their shadow, and by them held in relative discretion (the behavior of artists coming in for a lot in the glow of their careers and exclusive attachment to their production, without extension" social "condemning them to darkness), is Charles Kvapil. He frequented the coffee of Parnassus {...} and is exposed in a small group organized by A. Clergy, "the company of painters and sculptors professionals", which manifests itself in 1921. The foreword is written by Romoff. A second follows shortly. It includes 102 participants, Friesz, Lagar, Ortiz de Zorate, The Scouëzec, Astoy, Roysen, Loutreuil, Krémègne, Gallien, Goncharova, Lebedeff, Ramey, Kvapil. It remains attached to the folklore of the painter whose bohemian Montparnasse field exploits and style of life "(in Jean Jacques Leveque" The Roaring Twenties, 1918-1939 - The triumph of modern art ", 1992). In 1923, his works are hung in Marcel Bernheim, then at Dalpeyrat, in Limoges, where he shows mostly landscapes. Subsequently, he participated in the Salon d'Automne, that of 1941, he presents "Phlox" and 1944 "At the window." In 1951, at the same Salon he exhibited "Summer Fun" and "Taste".

He exhibited in his lifetime in Paris, Munich, Brussels, Geneva, Italy, in Stockholm, London and New York.

He is now represented in many public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, in the museums of Le Havre, Rouen, Saint-Etienne, Amsterdam and Tunis.
His painting

Charles Kvapil is best known as a figure painter, especially for his depictions of nudes models he painted in the studio, sometimes in front of her window with Montmartre in the background, often bathers or female nudes placed in groups of characters, like Courbet and the Impressionists in their early stages. He is also a lot of portraits, but he did not disdain either still lifes, especially flowers, or landscapes, which form an important part of his work. He painted many parts, including the Correze, where he "has captured the national character that is not his, with his usual skill" (Bulletin of the Corrèze SSHA), the Mediterranean coast of Corsica, where he regularly stayed in the years 1920 and 1930, in Paris he participated in exhibitions of painters of Corsica in 1925 and 1933. In 1939, a new art exhibition Corsica, at Team Gallery, also in Paris, he has two paintings titled "Costa brugiata, Cap Corse" and "View of Rogliano." He also wrote "On the Island" (1923), "Querciolo, Rogliano" (1923), "Female Corsican" (1924), "Landscape of Corsica" (1933) (information Cronica di a Corsica)

Charles Kvapil was influenced by Fauvism and Cubism by a very temperate, and Paul Cezanne, Matisse to some extent (as colorist), also scored his style. The concern construction of the artists of the group that Kvapil, "was not up to the lead to deformities, except once or twice in Kvapil" .... Kvapil and his friends "and have engaged in technical studies from the masters, none has enjoyed the beautiful solid and dense. Their job relates also, not to the classical tradition of painting transparent, but that of the opaque paint by Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Chardin, nearly one in force since the early nineteenth century {...} So they paint all Pulp dense but not excessively overload "... (Germain Bazin," the love of art ", 1934)

The paintings of Charles Kvapil are original and modern, his nudes and flowers are strong and powerful. His palette is rich in cobalt blue and warm colors. His technique is voluntary and powerful. His works in oil are often modest size, sometimes painted on panels, or on cardboard. He also practiced with a good mastery of pastels. P. Beran, in a study he devoted, rent its rich material and all that his art is the joy of living. [Ref. needed] "A work modeled a life totally dedicated to the pleasure of painting. "(Jean Jacques Leveque, ibid.)

He was a tireless worker and is reported to him about this: we must "that the painter speaks little, but he paints a lot." [Ref. required]
Reclining Nude on screen

Butterfly Gallery, Los Angeles - ROUSSARD Gallery, Paris - Gallery Orsay, Paris - A Cronica di CORSICA - Art in Seine

    Jean-Daniel Maublanc, Charles Kvapil, figure painter, 72p.
    Germain Bazin, The love of art, 1934
    Jean Jacques Leveque, The Roaring Twenties, 1918-1939 - The triumph of modern art, 1992

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