Miloš Jiránek / Bathing
Jiránek’s oeuvre is largely influenced by Impressionism, and the play of light and shade at different times of day typifies his works. Characteristically he depicted figures in landscape settings. His favourite localities were the Mělník area, Detva and Polana in Slovakia, and also Moravian Slovakia where he would visit the painter Joža Úprka. He is also known for paintings of secluded areas of Prague from the Villa Lumbe where he resided with his family. Jiránek’s painting Bathing is an example of his impressionist landscape scenes with human figures. The figure of the naked boy at the waterside is here an allegory of the transience of human life relative to eternal nature. Unbroken colours laid on with separate brush strokes enhance the impressionist character of the entire scene.