Bohumil Statsny

1905 - 1991 · Czech Republic

Artist biography

Bohumil Statsny was a visual artist, who was born in Czech Republic, like other well-known artists such as Jan Kotik, Jan B. Minarik, František Kupka, Vladimír Houdek, and Eva Koťátková. Bohumil Statsny was born in 1905 and died in 1991.

About Bohumil Statsny's works

Bohumil Statsny's work is illustrative of the fields of Figuration, Expressionism and Minimalism. Often perceived as the opposite of abstraction, figurative art also exists beyond just a simple representation of reality. Although it essentially means the ability to depict a real-world subject, the style, approaches and mediums that can be chosen by the artist are endless, which gives figurative art the power to be truly innovative and radical. Some great examples of figurative art include Henri Matisse’s sculpture The Serf, or Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon.

Counting artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Wassily Kandinsky and Edvard Munch, Expressionism is one the main currents of art of the 20th century - although it is considered to be an international state of mind rather than just an art movement. When it comes to paintings, Expressionist artists were significantly inspired by Eastern art which they considered “primitive” in its use of bright colours and simplified figures. By enhancing textural elements and emancipating their brushstrokes, artists were hoping to reflect the psychological state of mind of their time, and truthfully express their inner self. Wassily Kandinsky’s painting Der Blaue Reiter is a great example of Expressionism, which symbolizes Kandinsky’s desire to drift away from realistic depictions and focus on subjectivity rather than objectivity.

The art movement known as Minimalism came to be at the end of the 1950s and during the 1960s, and has remained one of the most influential of all modern and contemporary movements. Minimalism emerged in New York City among a number of emerging artists who were moving away from Abstract Expressionism and who favoured a sleek, geometric aesthetic instead, free from expression. Earlier European abstract movements highly influenced American minimalist art creators. During the Second World War period, a large number of European emigrés gathered in New York and works by the Dutch De Stijl artists, Russian Constructivists, and members of the German Bauhaus became well known, popular and significant. Each of these groups had pioneered radical forms of abstraction, and inspired artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Robert Morris to seek new directions in their art. These artists wanted to bring to life art that answered only to itself, conceeding the viewer an immediate, exclusively visual response. The personal, gestural elements were stripped away with the aim to reveal the objective, formal consituents that comprised paintings and sculptures.

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Further Biographical Context for Bohumil Statsny

Born in 1905, Bohumil Statsny was largely influenced by the 1920s. Key artistic developments that had been established in the earlier part of the 20th century continued to be matured during the 1920s and 1930s. During this period the careers of a number of influential and pioneering artists began to flourish, yet at the same time there was an atmosphere of reflection and sombreness following the horrors of the First World War. Significant shifts in politics were taking place worldwide, and Marxism took a strong grip as an ideology within artist groups and communities. Due to its cultural importance, Surrealism spread as an philosophy on an international scale, and became the leading theme of the pictorial arts in the 1920s. The Bauhaus movement developed during this time and focused on a unification of all modes of art, working towards the idea of the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’. The liberal politics of the Weimar Republic in Germany empowered this movement to blossom and flourish and develop further.

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