1923 portrait by Vladimír Jindřich Bufka
|Born||18 December 1871
|Died||17 April 1923
Jan Kotěra (18 December 1871 – 17 April 1923) was a Czech architect, artist and interior designer, and one of the key figures of modern architecture in Bohemia.
Kotěra was born in Brno, the largest city in Moravia, to a Czech father and German-speaking mother. He studied architecture in Vienna during the waning days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire under the Viennese master Otto Wagner.
Kotěra returned to Prague in 1897 to help found a dynamic movement of Czech nationalist artists and architects centered around the Mánes Union of Fine Arts. Strongly influenced by the work of the Vienna Secession, his work bridged late nineteenth-century architectural design and early modernism. Kotěra collaborated with Czech sculptors Jan Štursa, Stanislav Sucharda, and Stanislav's son Vojtěch Sucharda on a number of buildings.
As a teacher, Kotěra trained a generation of Czech architects, including Josef Gočár, who would bring Czech modernism to its pinnacle in the years leading up to the Nazi occupation in 1939.
- Museum of Eastern Bohemia in Hradec Králové, (1908–1912)
- Peterka House, 12 Wenceslas Square, Prague (1899–1900)
- National House in Prostějov
- Trmalova Villa - an early rustic villa in Prague
- Villa of Tomáš Baťa in Zlín
- Faculty of Law at Charles University in Prague (1924–1927)
- Two monuments for members of the Perutz family at the New Jewish Cemetery
- Pevsner, Nikolaus, Sir James Maude Richards & Dennis Sharp (2000). The anti-rationalists and the rationalists, Architectural Press, p. 106. ISBN 0-7506-4815-5
- Jan Kotěra, 1871-1923:the founder of modern Czech architecture. Municipal House. 2001.
- Cultural Movement, Foibos.cz, retrieved 4 November 2013
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