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Vlastislav Hofman
(1884 — 1964)

Vlastislav Hofman was a respected designer, painter and architect. He was a leading figure among the Czech Modernists who came on the scene in the first decade of the twentieth century. A close associate of Karel and Josef Čapek and many others who, with an eye on developments in Europe, helped to change the face of art in their country, his works were published in avant-garde journals at home and abroad. Together with Pavel Janák and Josef Gočár he was one of the chief proponents of Czech Cubism – an internationally unique movement that applied the ideas of Cubist painters to architecture and the decorative arts. It was in theatre, however, where Hofman´s many talents came together. Working with foremost Czech theatre directors he designed sets and costumes for hundreds of plays and operas, attracting international attention.