Viktor Barvitius is from the strong generation of painters that discovered realism in Paris. Barvitius studied there in the studio of the outstanding painter Thomas Couture from 1855 to 1858. After his return, he devoted himself to genre painting, featuring common and everyday moments. In addition to paintings depicting the dynamics of modern life, he created a collection of pictures featuring calm and harmonious moments such as Thursday at Stromovka showing a friendly encounter in the famous Stromovka Park in Prague. In the back plane, Barvitius masterfully used the distinctive late afternoon light which provides the picture depth and some mystery.