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Ales Mikolas


Mikolas Ales
born on November 18, 1852 in Mirotice
died on July 10, 1913 in Prague

The Czech painter Mikolas Ales was a master of indian ink drawing. He surely is the most popular artist of his country. In his pictures you find the life and the spirit of old Bohemia from the 19th century. His childhood, the family and the surrounding of the rural life in his native town in Bohemia have been the starting point and the roots of his work. Also the hussit tradition with his simplicity, modesty and concentration on the bible formed his character.
In Mirotice near Pisek he attended the elementary and secondary school until his mother's death in 1869. Then he moved to Prague where he started a study at the Academy of Fine Arts. In the conservative system of this academy he din't find any understanding for his artistic ideas. More than from his teachers at school, he learned from another great Czech artist - Josef Manes. Ales belongs to the so-called "first generation of the National Theatre". In taking part of a contest for the decoration of the new built Czech National Theatre at Prague, he created a cycle of pictures entitled "Vlast" (Home) which still today decorates the theatre. "Vlast" was the first highlight of his artistic career.
In Prague, Plzen and other towns and cities of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia he decorated houses by stucco pictures. At the end of his life, someone could count more than 5000 published pictures in magazines and books, on target butts, diploma documents, calendars, invitation-cards, playing-cards, birthday-cards and regular postal cards.
Batz, Gerhard: Lexikon tschechischer und slowakischer Briefmarkenkuenstler, 2002





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