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Vaclav Vytlacil


Vaclav Vytlacil


Vaclav Vytlacil 1892-1984

Like many of the artists in our collection, Vytlacil grew up in the Middle West, that great nurturer of artistic and literary talent in the twentieth century. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and went on to the Art Students League. After a teaching stint, he went to Europe where he was one of the first Americans to study with Hans Hofmann, at the latter’s school in Munich, Germany, eventually becoming studio assistant around 1924. When he came to lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, he spread the word about Hofmann; the only man teaching modern art in studio classes. Vytlacil also taught at the Art Students League, and was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group. His paintings ranged from formal abstraction to a decorative semi-abstract format, such as the example in our illustration.


The Collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, March 3-13, 2000, The National Arts Club, New York, NY; Curatorial Notes: Tony Vevers





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