Jakub SCHIKANEDER (Czech, 1855-1924) ✿

Jakub Schikaneder (February 27, 1855 in Prague – November 15, 1924 in Prague) was a Czech painter known for his soft cityscape paintings with very melancholic and lonely moods, often depicting lower class people.
Schikaneder came from the family of a German customs office clerk. Despite the family's poor background, he was able to pursue his studies, thanks in part to his family's love of art; an ancestor was Urban Schikaneder, the elder brother of the librettist Emanuel Schikaneder.
After having completed his studies in Prague and Munich (1871–1879), Schikaneder, alongside Emanuel Krescenc Liška, was involved in the furnishing of the royal box in the National Theatre in Prague; however, this work was lost in a fire in 1881.
After his work in the National Theatre, Schikaneder traveled through Europe, visiting Germany, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and France. From 1891 until 1923 he taught in Prague's Art College. Schikaneder counted amongst those who admired the Munich School of the end of the 19th century. He died in 1924 and was buried in Vinohrady Cemetery in Prague.

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