Skip to product information
1 of 10

Winckelmann Gallery

Charles Kvapil – Village on River’s Edge – 1933

Charles Kvapil – Village on River’s Edge – 1933

Regular price $1,950.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $1,950.00 CAD
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.
Beautiful landscape representing a river bank, most probably in the vicinity of the village of Villiers-sur-Morin (Seine-et-Marne), where the artist had his main residence. Oil on canvas painting, signed and dated 1933 with an inscription on the back.

Charles Kvapil was a Belgian Paris School painter. Of Czechoslovakian origin, he was born in Varnsdorf (Bohemia) on 19 November 1884. He attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. His first works were exhibited in 1908 at the Antwerp Salon. In 1911, he exhibited in Munich, where his works showed a clear Cubist influence. In 1914, he exhibited again in Belgium, at the Triennale in Brussels.

After the First World War, he lived in Paris and set up his studio in Montmartre, in the Hameau des Artistes (Artists’ Village). He led a very meager existence, but had an optimistic temperament and the hope of making a breakthrough; he had to work to survive and he painted mainly in the evening, especially during his first years in Paris.

He first caught the attention of the Parisian public at the Salon des Indépendants in 1920 and became a regular participant at the Salon d'automne. During his lifetime he exhibited in Paris, Munich, Brussels, Geneva, Italy, Stockholm, London and New York.

Today his works are found in numerous public and private collections, including the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris, and museums in Le Havre, Libourne, Rouen, Saint-Etienne, Amsterdam and Tunis.

Charles Kvapil was best known as a figure painter, especially for his depictions of the full-body nude. He also painted many portraits, but did not disdain still lifes, especially bouquets of flowers, or landscapes, which represented an important body of his work. He painted in many regions, including Corrèze, the Mediterranean coast, and Corsica, where he stayed regularly during the 1920s and 1930s.

Charles Kvapil was influenced by Fauvism and by a very tempered Cubism; Paul Cézanne and, to a certain extent, Henri Matisse (as a colourist), also marked his style.

1958.Charles Kvapil died in Paris on 21 December 1958.

Sources: Jean-Daniel Maublanc, Charles Kvapil, peintre de figures ; André Roussard, Dictionnaire des peintres à Montmartre, Paris, 1999 ; Archives de France.

Artist: Charles Kvapil (1884-1958).
Signed and dated on the bottom right corner.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 55 x 46 cm. / 21 ½ x 18 in.
Frame: 73 x 64 cm. / 28 ¾ x 25 in. Wood, very good condition.
Origin: France.
View full details