Jakub Obrovsky ( 23. 12. 1882 Bystrc u Brna - 31. 3. 1949 Praha ) painter, graphic, sculptor
From 1897 to 1901 he studied at the School of Applied Arts in Prague with Emanuel Kresenc Liska, Celda Kloucek, Karel Vitezslav Masek, Frantisek Schmoranz, Stanislav Sucharda and Ludvik Wurzel. In 1898 he won the prize for the poster of the ceramic exhibition of the Museum of Applied Arts. From 1901 to 1904 he studied at the Prague Academy with Maximilian Pirner. After graduating, he became a member of the Union of Fine Artists. In 1907, he received a Hlavka scholarship and went to Rome, where he met Jan Stursa and Otakar Nejedly. After returning to Prague, he became a sought-after author of decorative works. In 1908 he received an order for the decoration of the Prague Chamber of Commerce and Trade, then for the decoration of the central building of the Industrial Palace and subsequently realized mosaics in the dining room of the Municipal House. In 1911 he became a member of the Vienna Hagenbund, in 1912 he was appointed to the Czech section of the Curatorium of the Modern Gallery, in 1913 he became a member of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts.
In 1914 he won a gold medal at the exhibition of Czech artists in London. From 1915, he also began to devote himself to sculpture, which culminated in the vast bronze of the 1930s, usually by female nudes close to Bourdell. In 1919 he was appointed professor of the master school of painting at the Prague Academy. In 1921 he was appointed a full member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1928, he designed a monument to Svatopluk Cech for the Olsany cemeteries. At the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, he won a gold medal for the statue of the Murderer Odysseus. In 1935 he was elected rector of the Prague Academy. The huge extended the tradition of neo-romanticism and academism of the late 19th century. He followed the ancient and Renaissance art in both painting and sculpture. The early creation of a nostalgic subtext was close to Preisler's symbolist moodiness (symbolism), and later developed into a direct relationship to reality and sensualism. Late works, often of considerable size, rich in female nudes, were conceived on the academic-naturalistic principle and tense colorism. In his paintings, he depicted ideal figural scenes in a bucolic environment, although he gradually loosened the academically precise form, but remained to create in the tradition of academic artistic principles as a painter of naked bodies and radiant substances. As a graphic artist, he mainly created figural lithographs and also posters. As an active and honorary member, he exhibited with the Union of Fine Artists and also with the Association of Moravian Fine Artists. He has received a number of awards and exhibited at many exhibitions at home and abroad - Venice, Rome, Paris, Vienna, London. His works are very sought after by collectors.