Significant anniversary: ​​the Prostějov years of the painter Zdenka Vorlová-Vlčková

She asked to be admitted to the proficiency tests to teach drawing in secondary schools. After long delays, the Austrian Ministry of Education allowed it. On June 4, 1898, she graduated as a teacher in secondary schools in the fields of drawing and drawing and was the first woman in all of Austria-Hungary with this qualification.

She began to teach in Brno na Vesně, but here, for health reasons, she gave up her job in 1903 and devoted herself entirely to artistic activities.

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In 1900 she took part in the first exhibition of Moravian artists in Vesna, Brno, together with Max Švabinský, Jože Uprka, Hanuš Schwaigr, Alfons Mucha, Alois Kalvoda, Jano Köhler and Dušan Jurkovič. In Brno, she also met important artistic and cultural personalities, such as Vincenc Brandl, František Bartoš, Alois and Vilém Mrštík, Josef Merhaut, Dušan Jurkovič and Leoš Janáček.

In 1905 his parents moved to Vyškov, where Antonin Vorel was called as a school inspector. It was in Vyškov that she met Professor Josef Vlček, whom she married.

Prostejov years 1906-1908

In September 1906, Josef Vlček entered the Lyceum in Prostějov as a teacher of Czech and Latin. The Vlčeks lived in Hanačka Street No. 2 with engineer Václav Souček, a Prostějov builder, supporter of local culture and museum. He had his house decorated with sgraffito and frescoes by the painter Jano Köhler.

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Zdenka Vorlová-Vlčková came to Prostějov as an experienced and enthusiastic young artist at the time of her creative boom. She was very involved in cultural life. For example, she designed sets for Oscar Wilde’s play Salomé. Other decorations were intended for the Folk Theater of the Workers’ House.

She developed a large dance command for the women’s department of Sokol. She established contacts with the women’s vocal association Vlastimila and worked out proposals for new badges for it.

She collaborated with the parish priest of Prostějov, poet, translator and representative of Catholic modernism Karel Dostál Lutinov (for example, the title of the magazine for Catholic intelligence Rozkvět, the cover of Karel Dostál Lutinov’s book Honza hrdina).

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She is the author of the stained glass window on the Gospel side of the Church of the Exaltation of Saint-Pierre. Cross on the motif of St. Antonín Paduánský preaches to fish with the figure of St. Anna and the Virgin Mary in folk costumes (1908, made by B. Škard in Brno).

She also developed her interest in ethnology in Prostějov. She studied folk types and objects in the city museum and captured monuments of folk architecture.

The Moravian Museum in Brno has kept a set of his drawings, such as the Iron Cemetery Gate and the Passion of Christ in Kostelec na Hané, a watercolor study of the church in Pivín, sugar toys from Prostějov.

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His color studies on the costumes of Haná were published on postcards by the Olomouc publisher Romuald Promberger. In 1907, the city council of Prostějov commissioned him to create a portrait of ethnographer Františka Xavera Běhálková for its memorial hall in the museum. She also painted several portraits in Prostějov (eg Marie Součková, the children of Souček, the Orphan Marionette).

His work belongs to all of Moravia

In 1908, she returned to Brno, where she continued her work. She became a member of the Union of Fine Artists of Hodonín. She assiduously exhibited and created in Slovakia, Wallachia and Slovakia.

She has also made several study trips (eg Yugoslavia, Holland, Greece, Italy, Germany, England). She lives alternately in Prague and in Velké Meziříčí, where she sets up a studio in her parents’ house.

Her husband Josef Vlček was a strong supporter of her activities. He was the organizer and guide of his travels, collector and model of male figures.

A lot of people used to live here, and one day they all disappeared.  All that was left of them was a very specifically furnished house, lots of pictures, and forgotten food.

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Zdenka Vorlová-Vlčková died on September 28, 1954 in Prague. She was an important artist. His work belongs to all of Moravia. She has created many paintings, drawings, illustrations and graphics. His passion was collecting. She collected embroidery, metallic and artistic objects, porcelain, ceramics, old engravings, photographs of important personalities and documents from newspapers and magazines.

She has also illustrated a number of books, such as Legends by Sigismund Bouška, books by Marie Calma-Veselá, Babena Božena Němcová, children’s books and calendars.

His work is represented in the collections of several of our galleries, such as the National Gallery in Prague, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, the Horácká Gallery in Nové Město na Moravě and the Museum and Gallery in Prostějov.

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