(b Chropyne, Moravia, 4 Apr. 1882; d Prague, 6 Oct. 1953). Czech painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and writer on art. Between 1907 and 1914 he spent much of his time in France, Germany, and Italy, and during this period he turned from his early Expressionist manner to Cubism, becoming the pioneer and one of the most distinguished exponents of the style in Czechoslovakia in both painting and sculpture.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)