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Ota (Otto) Matousek ( December 3, 1890 in Pilsen - March 3, 1977 in Ceske Budejovice ) painter and graphic artist

He attended Rudolf Jindřich's private school in Pilsen, then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with prof. Josef Loukota, Vlaho Bukovac and Jan Preisler and also on a graphic course with prof. Frantisek Koliha. During the First World War he joined the Czechoslovak legions. He is one of the most important Czech painters working in southern Bohemia. From 1925 he lived in Ceske Budejovice, where he co-founded the Association of South Bohemian Artists, in which he was its long-term chairman. He spent five months in Japan, where he studied local graphics.
He devoted himself to painting, free and applied graphics. His work is characterized by a simple linear drawing, simplification of shapes, horizontal and color sobriety marking the basic color tones of the earth. The main theme for him was the landscape and life of southern Bohemia. Author of a number of graphic cycles.
Represented in the collections of the National Gallery in Prague, Ales's South Bohemian Gallery in Hluboka nad Vltavou, the Regional Gallery in Liberec and other state and private ones. He has exhibited independently since 1911 and participated in collective exhibitions since 1937.

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