120th death anniversary of Otakar Lebeda

April 12, 2021 will mark the 120th death anniversary of the artist Otakar Lebeda (1877 Prague ⁠–⁠ 1901 Malá Chuchle). Already as a student of the art academy’s landscape painting studio headed by Julius Mařák, he painted compelling mood landscapes during outdoor excursions to Okoř and his vacations spent in the Krkonoše Mountains. He was also a talented illustrator and enjoyed commenting on school life drawing caricatures. In 1897 he travelled to Paris, where he was profoundly impacted by Impressionist paintings. He returned to France twice and settled in the art colony at Concarneau in Brittany. In the late 1890s, Lebeda felt depleted as a landscape artist and sought a way out of his spiritual and artistic crisis in figurative painting. During the final months of his life he worked on the large painting Killed by Lightening inspired by a true event that took place in the Chodsko region. Shortly before his 24th birthday, the artist ended his life with a revolver shot in the woods of Malá Chuchle.

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Otakar Lebeda, Killed by lightening, 1900-1901