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Emil Filla

25,000 - 35,000 GBP
50,000 GBP
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  • Emil Filla
  • Still life with Fruit and Glass 
  • signed and dated Emil Filla 48 lower right
  • oil on canvas
  • 21 by 58.5cm., 8¼ by 23in.


Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels & Cubrda, Prague
Purchased from the above by the present owner in the 1990s

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1948, the present work is typical of Filla's mature period, combining influences from Picasso's work with a French Impressionist technique and a rich Expressionist palette. Filla first saw the work of the Impressionists in Prague in 1902. The Expressionist influence was the result of viewing the work of Edward Munch in exhibitions in Prague in 1904 and 1905. Munch's work held a particular fascination for Filla and his contemporaries in their formative years.

Filla was a painter, sculptor, engraver and theorist, and played one of the most influential roles in the rise of the avant-garde in Bohemia. He was instrumental in the formation of Osma (The Eight), and exhibited in both Osma exhibitions in 1907 and 1908. From 1910-11 he was a member of the artist group  S.V.U. Mánes and in 1911 co-founded the Group of Fine Artists. Strongly influenced by Picasso, it was Filla's purist interpretation of Cubism that became the hallmark of the Group of Fine Artists. After the group dissolved in 1917 he rejoined S.V.U. Mánes in 1920.