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František Zuska (June 12, 1887 in Svinařov - January 27, 1955 in Prague) Czech painter, sculptor and medalist


From 1903 to 1905 he studied under Josef Seliger, a decorative painter in Zatec, and until October 1907 he worked as a decorative painter at various companies in Zurich, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Lübeck and Dresden.

From 1907 to 1908 he studied at the Dresden Art School (Dresdner Kunstschule). His teachers were Guido Richter, Wolfgang Muller, Herrmannn Dittrich, Franz Hochmann, Karl Höfer and Paul Börner.

From 1908 to 1914 he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden (Königliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunst zu Dresden, now the College of Fine Arts in Dresden). Here he studied under professors Richard Müller, Oskar Zwintscher and above all Otto Gussmann, whose academic master studio he attended from 1909 until 1914. He graduated from the academy very successfully, during his studies he received a bonus in 1909, in 1911 a small silver medal and finally in 1914 for the image of Mother Earth a large gold medal and a travel scholarship.

During his studies, and especially after graduation, he made numerous study trips throughout Germany and Austria-Hungary, as well as Switzerland and France, repeatedly visited the then Russian Poland. After the outbreak of World War I enlisted in June 1915 and during the war service he devoted himself to art. When he returned to Linz in 1917, he organized an exhibition of his works there, and held another exhibition at the turn of 1917 and 1918 in Prague's Rudolfinum.

At the end of 1918 he returned to civilian life, but already in January 1919 he became an active officer of the Czechoslovak army.
In spite of the fact that in the interwar period he was able to devote himself to his free time, he created a large number of oil paintings, the vast majority of his sculptures including several projects realized in public space, several dozens of medals and plaques and many other works of art. Although many of his works are thematically tied to the military, his work is very diverse in terms of subject matter.




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