"Still Life with Skull" ~ Bohumil Kubišta, 1912.
(Czech, 1884-1918), Oil, 87 x 67 cm.
Bohumil Kubišta (1884–1918) was a Czech painter and art critic, one of the founders of Czech modern painting. He studied at the School of Applied Arts in Prague, but left in 1906 to study at the Reale Istituto di Belle Arti in Florence. With Emil Filla, Antonín Procházka and five others he founded “Osma” (The Eight), an Expressionist-oriented group of artists.
Kubišta came to his individual expression gradually, at first he was influenced by the work of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. He educated himself in philosophy and optics, and studied colour and the geometrical construction of painting.