Portrait of Josef Hlávka

Vojtěch Hynais

Vojtěch Hynais - Portrait of Josef Hlávka
Josef Hlávka (1831-1908), Czech architect, building contractor and patron of the arts, won recognition when he built the Opera in Vienna, designed by Eduard van der Nüll and August von Siccardsburg. Later Hlávka designed the Provincial Maternity Hospital in Prague. In 1866 he bought near his native Přeštice the Lužany estate with a Renaissance manor, which he rebuilt in the Neo-Renaissance spirit. In 1889 he designed and built for himself a house with a Neo-Renaissance front on a plot of land between the streets Jungmannova and Vodičkova in Prague. In 1890 Hlávka was among the founders of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts; he was elected its first president and he bequeathed to the Academy all his property. He was always surrounded by many artists, whom he supported in various ways. Hynais painted Hlávka when he came to Prague, having been appointed, thanks to Hlávka, professor at the Arts Academy at the same time as Brožík.
measurements: height 49 cm
width 35,5 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
inventory number: O 4625
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism