Záboj and Slavoj

After returning from his studies in Munich, Mánes made study trips to the Czech countryside and Slovakia, where he drew on figural and ornamental motifs to depict the ideal Czech (Slavic) national type. He started from the idea that ancient customs and ways of life still survived among the rural people, where they could be authentically captured. The result was a combination of the ideal of a long-gone golden age, of the rugged Czech-Slav, with expressive features of folk, rural immediacy, supplemented by "national attributes", partly taken from contemporary Slovak customs.

Subject: The 19th Century in Us
Author: Mánes, Josef
Title: Záboj and Slavoj
Date: 1886
Place of publication: Prague
Publisher: F. Šimáček
Origin: Jan Bartoš library
Licence: Free license

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