An oil on cardboard measuring 61X50 cm (without the frame) representing a still life with grapes signed lower right circa 1922 by Charles Kvapil (1884-1957)
Charles Kvapil is a Belgian painter of the School of Paris, of Czechoslovak origin, born in Czechoslovakia and not in Antwerp on November 1, 1884, and died in Paris in 1957.
Charles Kvapil studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. His first works were exhibited in 1908, at the Salon of Antwerp. In 1911 he exhibited at Munich; these works showed a definite cubist influence. In 1914 he exhibited again in Belgium at the Triennale de Bruxelles.
He is mobilized during the First World War.
After the armistice, he lives in Paris, and sets up his studio in Montmartre, in the Hameau des Artistes, between Lepic Street and No. 11 Avenue Junot; it is there that he will die.
he lives a very poor life, but he has an optimistic temperament and hopes to break through; he has to work to survive and he paints especially in the evening, especially during his first years in Paris.
At the Salon des Independants in 1920, Kvapil is revealed to the Parisian public.
"In the wake of the legendary figures of Montparnasse, in their shadow, and by them held at a relative discretion (the behavior of artists entering many into the brilliance of their career and the exclusive attachment to their production, without extension" social " "Condemning them to darkness), is Charles Kvapil. He frequents the Parnassus cafe [...] and is exhibited in a small group organized by A. Clergé, "the Company of professional painters and sculptors", which manifests itself in 1921. The preface is written by Romoff. A second follows shortly. It includes 102 participants, including Friesz, Lagar, Zorate Ortiz, Scouëzec, Astoy, Roysen, Loutreuil, Krémègne, Gallien, Goncharova, Lebedeff, Ramey, Kvapil. He remains attached to the folklore of the Bohemian painter whose Montparnasse is the field of exploits and the model of life "(in Jean Jacques Lévêque" The Roaring Twenties, 1918-1939 - The Triumph of Modern Art ", 1992).
In 1923, his works are hung at Marcel Bernheim, then at Dalpeyrat, in Limoges, where he shows mostly landscapes. Subsequently, he participated in the Salon d'Automne; to that of 1941, it presents "Phlox", and in 1944 "At the window". In 1951, at the same Salon, he exhibited "Plaisir d'été" and "Le Goûter".
He exhibited during his lifetime in Paris, Munich, Brussels, Geneva, Italy, Stockholm, London and New York.
He is now represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the museums of Le Havre, Libourne, Rouen, Saint-Etienne, Amsterdam and Tunis.