The Family of the Woodcarver Vorlíček

Karel Purkyně

Karel Purkyně - The Family of the Woodcarver Vorlíček
In the portrait we see the woodcarver Josef Vorlíček (1823-1897), his wife Barbora, born Kačerová, and daughters Ludmila (1856) and Hermína (1858). Their youngest daughter Božena, born in 1860, is not in the picture and for that reason it is believed that the portrait was painted in 1859-1860. The Vorlíčeks had a house at Krč, at the time a village just outside Prague, and Prague artists, e.g. Josef Mánes, Václav Levý and Karel Purkyně, used to come there on their walks. The picture has a rigid composition, within a Renaissance triangle, and the configuration of colour tones is based on their intentional handling and their symbolic content.
measurements: height 140 cm
width 105,5 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
inventory number: O 4799
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism