Václav Chad

Břeclav 1923 – Zlín 1945

Painter, draughtsman, Résistance fighter and the legend of Czech young WWII Avant-garde. Studied at Škola umění Zlín (1939–1943). In wartime Zlín he was a leader of the avant-garde circle of youngsters (Kafka, Schmidtová, Cap, Hudeček). At the beginning he was influenced by the example of expressionism and cubism, later mostly by surrealism. With his own piercing virtuosity he re-intepreted the works of old and new masters (Grünewald, Breughel, Goya, van Gogh, Munch, Gauguin or Klee). His work even as torso fascinates with sharpened existentialism, brutal blasphemy, gender and sexual openness; in many ways anticipates the post-war tendencies. He was shot down on escape by Gestapo February 24th 1945. His work can be found in National Gallery, Prague, Prague City Gallery, Regional Gallery of fine Arts, Zlín and many private collections.

Literature: Eva Petrová, Václav Chad. Severočeská galerie výtvarného uměni v Litoměřicích, Litoměřice 1997.


Prudence (Study of a costume for operette)
Inventory number: r0047
Size: 244 × 155 mm
Material: paper, pencil, tempera
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: around 1941
Status: available
Remark: Drawing is part of the School of Arts Zlín Album

Nichette (Study of a costume for operette)
Inventory number: r0048
Size: 244 × 155 mm
Material: paper, pencil, tempera
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: around 1941
Status: available
Remark: Drawing is part of the School of Arts Zlín Album


Margueritta (Study of a costume for operette)
Inventory number: r0049
Size: 330 × 153 mm
Material: paper, pencil, tempera
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: around 1941
Status: available
Remark: Drawing is part of the School of Arts Zlín Album

Study of a costume for operette
Inventory number: r0050
Size: 240 × 155 mm
Material: paper, pencil, tempera
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: around 1941
Status: available
Remark: Drawing is part of the School of Arts Zlín Album


Combat
Inventory number: r0051
Size: 336 × 267 mm
Material: paper, pencil, watercolour
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: 1940
Status: available
Remark: Drawing is part of the School of Arts Zlín Album


Untitled
Inventory number: r0052
Size: 380 × 245 mm
Material: paper, pencil, spray, coloured inks
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: 1943
Status: available
Remark: Drawing is part of the School of Arts Zlín Album


Theater stage design
Inventory number: r0053
Size: 247 × 395 mm
Material: paper, pencil, coloured inks, water colours
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: 1940–1943
Status: available
Remark: Drawing is part of the School of Arts Zlín Album


New Year´s Card
Inventory number: r0054
Size: 152 × 90 mm
Material: paper, linocut
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: 1942
Status: unavailable

Figurative scene
Inventory number: r0055
Size: 440 × 340 mm
Material: paper, pencil, watercolour
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: 1942–1943
Status: unavailable


Imaginary landscape III. (with yellow torso)
Inventory number: r0056
Size: 70 × 50 cm
Material: oil, cardboard
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: 1943–1944
Status: unavailable
Remark: broken by artist


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