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In the Park

ca. 1912-1915
8 13/16 x 11 13/16 in. (22.4 x 30 cm)

Jan Matulka
United States (Czechoslovakia, 1890 - 1972)

Object Type: Watercolor
Medium and Support: Watercolor with graphite on wove paper
Credit Line: In memory of F. Irving Hutchins from family and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Hutchins and Mr. and Mrs. Mark C. Hargrave
Accession Number: 1999.4
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Location: Not currently on view

This idyllic scene of fashionable women and children in a New York City park contrasts with the reality of Jan Matulka’s impoverished childhood as the son of an immigrant mother in the Bronx.

The realist style of Matulka’s early years shifted to abstraction as he had the opportunity to travel, first through the United States and subsequently to Paris, and engage with artists like Stuart Davis, who was experimenting with modernist styles like cubism.

[Label text, 2003]

Artist's signature, lower right: Matulka

Inscription, verso: ('6' or 'C' in a circle) Fontina u Central Parka (N.Y.)

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