Václav Brožík / Jan Ámos Komenský Says Farewell to Karel the Elder of Žerotín
The painting Jan Ámos Komenský Says Farewell to Karel the Elder of Žerotín was acquired by the Ostrava Gallery of Fine Art as part of a bequest by the philanthropist František Jurečka in 1925. This canvas on a historical theme depicts Jan Ámos Komenský with his patron and protegé. There was a gap of twenty-six years between their ages and although Komenský was the younger Brožík painted him as an old man. In contrast the nobleman is portrayed as a middle-aged man, whose appearance is entirely fictional. Brožík disregarded facts in his works and adapted reality to the needs of his artistic invention. Elegant academic painting is typical of his work together with bravura treatment of light and colour.