JULIUS MARAK (1832-1899): A STUDY OF A ROCKY SLOPE
Second half of the 1870s
Oil on cardboard. Signed lower left: “J.Mařák”.
According to the expert opinion prepared by PhDr. Naděžda Blažíčková, “Julius Mařák's typical and very beautiful ‘Stony Brook’ is, after comparing it with the artist's other paintings, probably from the second half of the 1870s. In the first half of the 1870s, Mařák visited the Tyrolean Alps, where he made a number of drawings and studies of the forest. Soon thereafter, many of them were used as the basis for larger oil paintings. Throughout Mařák's life, his intimate knowledge of forest still lifes, edges of forests, rocky mountain slopes, streams and brooks were an everlasting source of inspiration for paintings. This study, painted with detailed velvety-soft brushwork in in delicately coordinated brown, yellow and green colors, offers excellent proof of this.”