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Artist:     Jaroslav Věšín (1860-1915), important Czech-Bulgarian painter
Title:     Hunters in the winter forest
Item ID   4864
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This hunting scene is a part of the collection of prominent Bulgarian painters (for some of them see previous item numbers), it was executed by one of most important Bulgarian painter of Czech origin Jaroslav Věšín.

Jaroslav František Julius Věšín (Bulgarian: Ярослав Вешин, Yaroslav Veshin) (23 May 1860 – 9 May 1915) was a Czech painter who mainly worked in Bulgaria and who was noted as a master of genre painting and hunting scenes. The realistic depiction of battle scenes from the First Balkan War (1912) are the subject of a substantial part of his work.

Věšín was born in the town of Vraný in what is today Kladno District of the Central Bohemian Region. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, but moved to the Academy of Fine Arts Munich in 1881 and graduated in 1883 (teachers: Karl Piloty and Josef Brandt).

Afterwards he worked in Munich and in Slovakia, with his paintings of the period mainly related to Slovak village life. Věšín arrived in Bulgaria in 1897 and remained there for the remainder of his life. Until 1904, he was a professor at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia and mainly worked in the area of genre painting, with notable paintings such as Threshing near Radomir (1897), Ploughman (or Land, 1899), Horse market in Sofia (1899), Smugglers (1899), In front of a market (1899), Threshing (1900), etc. The main topic of his interest was the life and labour of the Bulgarian villager.

After 1904, Věšín became the head painter with the Ministry of War and, although he did not abandon his old interests (with works such as Coaler (1910), Lumberjacks (1910), On the game´s track (1910), Hunter with hounds (1911), etc.), he became famous with his masterpieces of battle painting: Manoeuvres (series began in 1899 and lasted until the Balkan Wars, The Samara flag (1911), Onslaught (or Bayonet charge, 1913), The Turkish retreat at Lüleburgaz (1913), Lüleburgaz-Çatalca (1913) and a series of sketches and complete works on the siege of Edirne, among which Bibouac in front of Edirne (1913), Resting after 13 March 1913 (1913), etc.

J.Vesin made a great contribution to the development of contemporary Bulgarian art, together with Ivan (Jan Václav) Mrkvicka (Czech by nationality, 1856 – 1938), Ivan Angelov (1864 – 1924), Anton Mitov (1862 – 1930), Ivan Milev (1897 – 1927) enriched the Bulgarian Painting with vivid artistic images and new picturesque .

Many of his works are displayed in the National Museum of Fine Arts in Sofia. Among Věšín´s students were Nikola Petrov, Atanas Mihov, and other major Bulgarian painters.

Provenance: private collection, purchased by previous owner in Praque ca. 10 years ago.

Literature: General Artist´s Lexicon" by Thieme/Becker, Leipzig, 1999; Dr. P.Toman "Czech Artist lexicon", Praque,1960.

Inscription: signed and titled: "Jaroslav Vesin, Sofia, 1912" lower right, on the back of the stretcher - the stamp of a exhibition (in Czech, illegibly).

Technique: oil on canvas, unframed.

Measurements: unframed w 35,5" x 23 1/2" (90,3 x 60,5 cm).

Condition: in very good condition.

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