Children Playing at Kampa (Children at Kampa, Prague Urchins)

Hippolyt Soběslav Pinkas

Hippolyt Soběslav Pinkas - Children Playing at Kampa (Children at Kampa, Prague Urchins)
Pinkas painted this town genre, in its formal aspects influenced as his other early works by his studies at the Munich Art Academy, shortly before going to Paris. The composition and palette of the picture owed much to German genre painting. However, some new elements emerged that Pinkas later fully developed in France. The realistic motif, social undercurrent and a direct, matter-of-fact look at reality were quite new in Czech painting of the time. All this foreshadowed Pinkas's subsequent development and final departure from the then prevailing Romanticism. Pinkas painted the group of children playing with beans outside his house at Kampa, with the Lesser Town bridge tower in the background.
measurements: height 83 cm
width 102 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
inventory number: O 1111
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism