|Intro||Czech sculptor and university educator|
|Was||Artist Sculptor Educator|
|Birth||21 May 1874, Prague, Czech Republic|
|Death||20 April 1937, Prague, Czech Republic (aged 62 years)|
Josef Mařatka (21 May 1874, Prague – 20 April 1937, Prague) was a Czech sculptor.
From 1889 to 1896, he studied at the School of Applied Arts under Celda KloučekAuguste Rodin. His first exhibition was held in Prague in 1902., who was a paleontologist as well as a sculptor. In 1899, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied with Josef Václav Myslbek. The following year, he went to Paris and was briefly employed in the studios of
He began by responding to the influences he had absorbed from the expressionist movement, incorporating elements of symbolism and Art Nouveau. His most important work from this period is the Opuštěna Ariadna (Abandoned Ariadne, 1903). He later came under the influence of Antoine Bourdelle. After World War I, he returned to the styles he had learned from Myslbek, combining Neoclassicism with a bit of early Socialist Realism; for example, Praha svým vítězným synům (Prague's Victorious Sons) at the Emmaus Monastery.
Figures from "Prague's Victorious Sons"
The monument was destroyed during the German Occupation and restored in 1998.
- Josef Mařatka: Vzpomínky a záznamy (Memories and Records), introduction by Petr Wittlich, Prague, Karolinum, 2003, ISBN 80-246-0518-X
- Josef Mařatka : 1874-1937, exhibition catalog, Gottwald Regional Art Gallery, 1989
- Josef Mařatka, introduction by Jaromír Pečírka, Prague, Mánes Union of Fine Arts, Melantrich, 1942