Kobolds/ Fantasy output of Alois Boháč

4/15 - 6/26/2016 / Wortner house AJG, České Budějovice

 

Alois Boháč was born in 1885 in Volyně. He got his experience at craft school, and his practice at famous letterpress workshop of Johann Steinbrener. Between the years 1903 - 1907 he studied painting under the prof. Rudolf Bacher at Fine Arts Academy in Wien. He started his career as a teacher at school in Třebíč, but soon he was transfered to Velké Meziříčí. At the time, he was known for his magazine illustration (Czech world, the Golden Prague).

The most significant part of his art life was between the years 1918 and 1938. He traveled across the Europe and taught schools in Kroměříž, Příbor, or Karlsbad. 

In 1928, he had an exhibition together with his brothers Maxmilian (painter) and Josef (sculptor) in Topič saloon of fantasy themes.

April 1935 brought an exhibition called 10 years of Boháč brothers, which was for long their last common exhibition. The brothers wanted Alois to get more involved into the artist's life, but he focused on pedagogy.

Alois Boháš (1885 - 1945) was a sensitive man, who searched for beauty and wisdom in the nature. He admired folklore, his family and his profession of pedagogue. He used to be an actor in amateur theatre, which taught him satire, imagination, grotesque. As a experienced traveller, he put his stories and fantasy beings into fairytale-like landscapes. He started with small sizes, but then he switched to big canvases, to decelop his technique and the storyline, to drag the observer into the living world, inhabited by Pišišvors - Kobolds.