Maximilian Pirner

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Maximilian Pirner, c.1880

Maximilian Pirner (Czech: Maxmilián Pirner; February 13, 1853, Schüttenhofen (Czech: Sušice), Bohemia – April 2, 1924, Prague)[1] was a Czech painter. A member of the Vienna Secession[2][3] and associated with the Czech Secession[4] art movements, Pirner's usual themes were classical mythology (such as his Medusa (1891) and Hecate (or Hekate) (1901)) and the macabre (such as Sleepwalker (or Girl in Her Nightie Walks on the Window-Ledge) (1878), Daemon Love (1893), and Allegory of Death (1895)). Pirner also completed a number of sketches of female figures, many of them nudes.

Described by one critic as having achieved "mastery of the sinuous line".[5] Pirner also had his detractors. One contemporary critic, while acknowledging Pirner's talent, considered him an "over-sophisticated mystic."[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Blazícková-Horová, Naděžda, et al. 19th-century Art : National Gallery in Prague. Prague: National Gallery, 2002.
  2. ^ Howard, Jeremy. Art Nouveau: International and National Styles in Europe. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1996, p. 83.
  3. ^ Krzysztofowicz-Kozakowska, Stefania (pl) and Mizia, Piotr. "'Sztuka', 'Wiener Secession', 'Mánes'. The Central European Art Triangle." Artibus et Historiae, Vol. 27, No. 53, p. 217, 221 (2006).
  4. ^ Howard, Jeremy. Art Nouveau: International and National Styles in Europe. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1996, p. 83.
  5. ^ Sillevis, John. “Czech Art 1878-1914. Darmstadt.” The Burlington Magazine , Vol. 127, No. 983, p. 118, 121 (Feb. 1985).
  6. ^ Holme, Charles, ed. The Art Revival in Austria. London: Offices of ‘The Studio,’ 1906, p. A xii. (full text from archive.org)

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