Emil Fila

1882, Chropine, Moravia – 1953, Czechoslovakia


Still Life, 1926

Oil on canvas, 43 х 53 cm

Acquisition: Gift from the National Gallery, Prague

Reference: 01965



Emil Filla (4 April 1882 – 7 October 1953) was a Czech painter. He was a leader of the avant-garde in Prague between World War I and World War II and was an early Cubist painter. Filla was born in Chropyně, Moravia, and spent his childhood in Brno, but later moved to Prague. Beginning in 1903, he studied at (Academy of Fine Arts, Prague), but he left the school in 1906. Filla was a member of the group Osma (The Eight) in 1907–1908, which had commonalities with the Fauves and also had direct ties to the German Expressionist group Die Brücke. 

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