Otakar Sedloň

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Otakar Sedloň
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Born (1885-08-30)30 August 1885
Trpín, Bohemia
Died 18 October 1973(1973-10-18) (aged 88)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Education Academy of Art in Prague
Occupation Teacher
Parent(s) Tomáš Sedloň, Josefa Čápek(ová)

Otakar Sedloň (1885–1973) was a Czech realistic painter living in Prague.

Otakar Sedloň was born on 30 August 1885 in Trpín - a small village between Polička and Kunštát in East Bohemia, formerly part of Austro-Hungarian Empire. Otakar attended primary school in Vamberk and followed on with a high school education in Kostelec nad Orlicí, where he graduated in 1904. Then he started studying on Academy of Art in Prague, where graduated in 1908.

In the mid-1920s, he traveled quite a bit, visiting places like the coast along the Adriatic Sea, Paris, Ruthenia and Romania. This travel offered him great inspiration for his future activities as an artist. He eventually became a member of the association of artists called Myslbek and was a frequent participant in exhibitions arranged by this association. During this time, Otakar had his studio on the prestigious Narodni trida in Prague and was known as an excellent portrait painter. His paintings were displayed in the offices of ministries, banks and held by private collectors.

After World War Two and the communist revolution in Czechoslovakia in 1948, he was barred from Myslbek because of his antagonism against communist rule and so-called “socialistic realism”.

Otakar Sedloň died on 18 October 1973 and was buried in the family tomb in Vamberk, together with his mother and father.

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