Winter, Study for a painting intended for the National Theatre in Prague

Vojtěch Hynais

Vojtěch Hynais - Winter, Study for a painting intended for the National Theatre in Prague
Hynais entered the very first competition for the paintings intended to decorate the Prague National Theatre from Paris. For the boudoir of the Royal (today Presidential) box he drafted allegories of the four seasons. The first three paintings were completed in 1881, while the last one - Winter - was postponed following the fire of the National Theatre. Hynais only began work on the painting at the turn of the century. He painted a beautiful redhead shrouded in white draperies, flying with two ravens over a snowy path among birches. In her hand she holds a bunch of poppy-heads, attributes of sleep. Ernestine Wittnerová, a model from the Arts Academy, stood for Hynais in the snowed-in park Stromovka.
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measurements: height 29 cm
width 35 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
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inventory number: O 2735
gallery collection: Collection of the 19th Century Art
licence: Creative Commons License public domain