Painter, graphic artist, sculptor and theorist, Filla studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before breaking away with fellow students to found the group Osma (the Eight), exhibiting with them in 1907 and 1908. In 1911 he was instrumental in the formation of the Group of Fine Artists, a body of Czech painters, architects and intellectuals actively engaged with Cubism. Filla was well travelled and kept abreast of avant-garde artistic trends in Paris and Germany, procuring for himself and friends reproductions of paintings by Picasso, Braque and African sculpture, and building up his own extensive collection of Czech folk art and African art. Within Le cruchon et la flûte, Filla draws together these various facets of influence to create a work with powerful intellectual and historical resonance.
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