(1890 - 1939)
Edouard Antonin Vysekal was active/lived in California. Edouard Vysekal is known for mod figure, landscape, portrait.
Born in Kutna Hora, Czechoslovakia on March 17, 1890 into a family of
artists. Edouard Vysekal began his art studies in Prague and, after
joining his father in St Paul, MN in 1907, studied at the AIC under
Vanderpoel, and later with Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Harry M. Walcott,
and Morgan Russell.
He taught at the Art Institute from 1912-14 and married one of his
pupils, Luvena Buchanan. In 1914 the couple came west to execute
a mural commission in the Barbara Worth Hotel in El Centro, CA.
Opting to remain in California, he established a studio home in the
He taught in Los Angeles at the Art Students League, and from 1922-39
at Otis Art Institute. Vysekal's bold, modern figure studies won
many awards in southern California before his death in Los Angeles on
Dec. 2, 1939.
Exh: AIC, 1911, 1912 (prizes); Palette & Chisel Club (Chicago),
1912-14; Calif. Art Club, 1916-38 (awards); Friday Morning Club (LA),
1916, 1920, 1930; Daniell Gallery LA), 1916; LACMA, 1916, 1921 (solos),
1927 (with Mabel Alvarez), 1929 (with Boris Deutsch), 1940 (solo);
Calif. Liberty Fair, 1918; Modern Art Workers (LA), 1919-26; Laguna
Beach AA, 1920s; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1920-38; Calif. WC
Society, 1921-45; Western Painters, 1922-25; LA AA, 1924; Chamber of
Commerce (Hollywood), 1926; Calif. State Fair, 1926; Hollywood Woman's
Club, 1929 (with wife); Artists of So. Calif., 1930; Oakland Art
Gallery, 1932; Public Works of Art Project, 1934; Academy of Western
Painters, 1935-38; USC, 1942.
Collections:: Mission Inn (Riverside); Barbara Worth Hotel (El Centro);
Thomas Starr King & John Marshall High Schools (Riverside); UCLA;
State Exposition Bldg (LA).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"American Art Annual
1917-33; Who's Who in American Art
1936-41; Southern California Artists
(Nancy Moure); Los Angeles Times, 7-20-1930 & 12-9-1939 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
Equally adept at oil and watercolor painting, Edouard Vysekal was one
of Los Angeles's early proponents of Modernism. Skilled in the
techniques of figural and landscape painting as well as still lifes,
Vysekal pushed the boundaries of these traditional genres with his bold
use of color and contour, and was one of a small group of Southern
California artists who went even further to explore and extend the
boundaries of Modernism.
Edward Antonin Vysekal was born into a
family of artists in Kutna Hora, Czechoslovakia, in 1890, and studied
art in Prague before emigrating to join his father in St. Paul,
Minnesota, at the age of 17. Vysekal studied at the Art Institute
of Chicago, and exhibited there in 1911 and 1912, as well as at
Chicago's Palette & Chisel Club. As an instructor at the Institute
from 1912 to 1914, Vysekal met Luvena Buchanan, one of his students who
he later would marry.
When Luvena received a commission in 1914
to paint murals in the Hotel Barbara Worth in the town of El Centro at
the very southern tip of California, Vysekal accompanied her. The
Vysekals remained on the West Coast, established a studio home in the
Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, and continued to pursue their painting
careers. Starting in 1916, Vysekal's works were included in exhibitions
at the Daniell Gallery, the Friday Morning Club, the California Art
Club, and the Los Angeles Museum.
At Los Angeles's Art Students
League in 1918, Vysekal joined a small group of artists led by Stanton
Macdonald Wright. Edouard Vysekal and Nicholas Brigante were two of
Wright's first students, and both began painting Modernist watercolors,
though these works were initially unpopular with critics in a
still-conservative Los Angeles.
By the 1920s Vysekal was
teaching at the Art Students League and exhibiting with a group of
local Modernists called the Group of Eight, which included Mabel
Alvarez, Vysekal and his wife Luvena, Donna Schuster and Clarence
Hinkle; and in 1921 Vysekal's work was included in the first California
Water Color Society exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of History,
Science and Art.
Through the 1920s and 1930s, Vysekal exhibited
widely, with a solo show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in
1921, a show there with Mabel Alvarez in 1927, and another with Boris
Deutsch in 1929. He also exhibited with Los Angeles's Modern Art
Workers, The Los Angeles Art Association, Painters & Sculptors of
Los Angeles, the California Water Color Society, the Laguna Beach Art
Association, and the Oakland Art Gallery in Oakland, California, among
Edouard Vysekal taught life drawing and painting at
the Otis Art Institute for 17 years, until 1939 when he died in Los
Angeles at age 49. A second solo exhibition of Vysekal's
paintings was held posthumously at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art