Helm’s Mills

Bedřich Havránek

Bedřich Havránek - Helm’s Mills
For Havránek Prague and its surroundings were a source of inspiration all his life. A comparison of his Prague paintings with old photographs reveals that Havránek, although preserving the fundamental unity of a given place, shifted and combined actually existing and for the depicted locality typical architectural elements with his fancies. This is also true of this view of the arm of the river Vltava between the Loďka and New Mills in the Prague Peter’s district (Petrská čtvrť). Instead of the wooden dyers’ sheds Havránek painted small picturesque houses with articulated fronts and oriels and a view of the spire of St.Peter’s church, which in reality is some distance away. Many carefully depicted details express the atmosphere and mood of the place.
measurements: height 55 cm
width 72 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
inventory number: O 4638
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism