Karel Vitezslav Masek. “Festival of Spring (Allegoric Scene)” 1889. Oil on canvas.
Ok we’re coming up on the last few batches of people paintings I saw at Veletrzni Palac. This painting was also large and the choice of palette was interesting — the colors are subdued but still make me feel as Spring. I marvel at multi-figure compositions and I think about how Masek painted this. How much time did he spend with his models? I’m guessing that like the Renaissance painters his knowledge of anatomy guided him most of the way with drawing studies.
I like the detail photo because it shows how Masek uses figures to establish a background and foreground. I wish I had taken a detail shot of the feet. The way he painted the leaves and blades of grass makes the feet look like they are really dug into the ground.