He studied at the College of Applied Arts in Prague (1902–1904) and Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1904–1907). From 1909 to 1911 and again from 1917 to 1949 he was a member of the Mánes Union of Fine Arts. His style was initially influenced by cubism and fauvism, and later formed realistic oil paintings, showing the effect of Neo-Classicism. He contributed to the Art Monthly periodical.
Among his most important works include a series of landscapes for the National Theatre, and some battlefields in France.
In 1963 he was named a National Artist. He died in 1979.
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