Item #AT-0229

"Waters Edge" by Oldrich Farsky (1860-1930)



"Waters Edge" oil on board by Oldrich Farsky (1860-1930)
Framed in gold gesso frame.

Czechoslovakia / American



6"H x 11"W


11"H x 14"W

Oldrich Farsky was a born in 1860 in a small town in Czechoslovakia just outside of Prage. At the age of 17 he began studying at The Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (1877-1879 ) under Director Von Svarts. Other important influences include Professor and academic painter Václav Brožík (1851-1901). In early 1880 he moved to Germany to Bavaria were he was able to travel easily to Italy, France and Holland. In 1893 with many years painting throughout Europe he moved to the United States and ended up in Chicago. Shortly after his arrival in 1894 he was commissioned to paint a portrait of American General William T. Sherman fully dressed in his "Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)" uniform. This painting is thought to have been one of the last portraits of Sherman while he was still alive. It was later owned by the State Historical Society of Colorado.

Throughout his career Farsky exhibited many different locations including, The Slavic Alliance of Cleveland (1905), Dvorak Park Chicago (1914), The Czech Artists Club (Chicago) (1918) Art Institute of Chicago(1924), and The American Academy of Art, Chicago) (1924). He spent many years in Michigan and it appears that he painted many landscapes of this region. He is known for rich toned landscapes in the American tonalist style as well as charming portraits of everyday life. His son (Aldrich Otto Farsky 1895-1968) was also a painter of some note, but it has been made clear that pieces signed O. Farsky is to be the fathers hand. It is believed that he died in a small town in the suburbs of Chicago called Berwyn, Illinois some time in 1930.