Early Avantgard painting was executed in the late 1920s - early 1930s by listed Czech painter Riko Emerich Mikeska ( 1903 Vitkovitz/Moravia - 1983 USA).The artist was co-grounder of Artist Union Praque Seccesion from 1929 to 1937. Painter of figures, landscapes and still lifes in Praque. Studied in Vienna, Berlin (by E.Orlik) and Paris, where also exhibited. From 1933 lived in Praque, where exhibited at the exhibitions of “Praque Seccesion“. In 1928 exhibited in Brno with still lifes. The artist gets caught in the Nazi dragnet through his marriage to a Czech Jew woman. The story follows their double exiles, first to war-time England, and then to the United States, where they delight and despair over re-establishing Riko as a first-class artist in the radically evolving cultural decades from the `50s to the `80s. In 2017, a book of memories about the artist was published in USA ( ” Riko: Seductions of an Artist” by Denise B.Dailey ).
Literature: "Czech Artist´s Lexicon " by Dr. Prokop . Toman, Praque, 1950; „Riko-Seductions of the artist“ by Denise B.Daily, New York, 2017; on-line article in Wikipedia: Prager Secession“.
Inscription: signed lower right
Technique: oil on canvas. Original period frame.
Measurements: unframed w 26 3/8" x h 35 5/8" (67 x 90,5 cm), framed w 31 " x 40 3/8" (78,5 x 102,5 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.