Jaroslav Horejc is unquestionably one of the most important sculptors of the Art deco period. At the age of 14 he began working in a lithographic workshop. After a few weeks he started to engrave glass and metal and carve stone. From 1906 to 1910 he was a student at the Prague School of Art. The sculptor Stanislava Suchardy was one of the first to recognize Horejc's incredible talent and he allowed Horejc to develop his unique style unhindered. By 1912 Horejc had won many awards and was made a Professor at the Prague School of Arts untill his retirement from the position in 1949. Many of his ideas for bronze sculptures are derived either from Greek myths or from the Old Testament. As one the founding members of the Sursum association of 1912 Horejc exhibited small bronze sculptures at various locations in Prague and throughout his life at the Manes Exhibitions.
His sculpture can be divided into 3 evolved styles and can be compared with the following sculptures from our inventory. His early works from 1912 to 1919 are similar to the "Allegory of Night". Works from the 1920 to early 1930's are similar to the unique wood carved bust "Olympia" and to the later works of the late 1930's "Amphitrite" and "Medusa". His 1940's "Torso" was in a more moderne style. Throughout Horejc's life he created many public monuments and architectural structures. We include here a link to a Czech web site full of illustrations that includes his glass vessels for which he won the Grand Prix at the 1925 Paris Exposition Des Arts Décoratifs
. Jaroslav Horejc was an artist whose unique style was recognizable right away from his earliest works. He was versatile in many mediums including wood carving (the rarest pieces to find), bronze sculpture, jewelry, glass, utilitarian metal objects, medals and architectural elements. He created over 3000 different works during his long and productive lifetime. The bulk of his work he donated in 1972 to the City of Prague for their National Museum.