František Dvořák (Franz Dvorak)

Frantisek Dvorak

Frantisek Dvorak

František Dvořák, who changed his family name from Bruner — also known as Franz Bruner or Franz Dvorak — was a Czech painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

He studied in Prague, Vienna and Munich, and traveled to France with Czech painters Alfons Mucha and Karel Mašek. He later went on to Italy and then to the U.S., where he lived and worked for several years here in Philadelphia. He eventually returned to Prague, but he was never as well known in his homeland as in other countries.

Dvořák’s style shows some influence of his Art Nouveau contemporaries, but is less overtly stylized and carries more of a traditional classical, if romantic, feeling.