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Zřizovatel: Jihočeský kraj
Krajský úřad
U Zimního stadionu 1952/2
37076, České Budějovice


aktualizováno: 2020-09-21

Písek Countryside in the 19th Century

By the exposition Písek Countryside in the 19th Century, the Prácheň Museum pays tribute to several significant regional personalities that are related to the respective topic.

But each of them very individually. The first one is probably the most famous Czech farmer and renowned strongman Jan Cimbura, a native of Semice by Písek. Cimbura is presented as a real person and thus he reminds of the fact that he is not the only figure from the world of literary fiction made up by Jindřich Šimon Baar in the novel bearing the same name.

There is another person that is related to Cimbura. It is the painter Jan Hála, probably the most famous illustrator of the mentioned novel. And visitors can see in the projected film why his pictures became so popular among readers. Before creating the illustrations from life of Jan Cimbura, in the late 1930s Hála made thorough research into villages and settlements around Písek. The pictures and paintings created by him document his fascination by folk environment, but in particular they show the maximum of the preserved customs, traditions and architectures.

In this way, the painter built up on the heritage of the painter Václav Šebele who, inspired by the Czechoslovak Ethnographic Exhibition held in Prague in 1895, was travelling through the Písek Region and he was drafting, drawing and painting, and thus he recorded the way of life in the countryside at the end of the 19th century in this unique way. Visitors to the exhibition can also become familiar with him and his work. And the Šebele's aquarelles of folk building interiors became the basis of the design of the exposition opened in May 2010. In four pictures it represents a child being born, a life of a woman and a man and man leaving the earthly life. All this takes place in the scene and in the objects belonging to the 19th century. On one side they may be surprisingly distinct and colourful, whether we speak about a bed, a wardrobe, a chest or a curtain with scenes of saints. On the other side, they also reflect the burden of household and agricultural work. All the exhibits come from the own rich museum depositories.  

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Portál byl realizován za finanční podpory města Písku (grantový program města Písku na podporu cestovního ruchu).
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