- 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.
Purchased from the above by the present owner in the 1990s
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.