Category: art nouveau

As a reaction to the perceived rigidity and imperialism of the nineteenth century, a new decorative style arose from 1890 onwards based on organic patterns and textures, and drawing heavily on natural and spiritual symbolism. Also known as ‘Secessionist’ or ‘Jungendstil’, art nouveau is most associated with the Moravian-born artist Alfons Mucha, whose work came to dominate the scene in Paris and Prague.

Moskevská 77/4

Moskevská 77/4

Of the many celebrated Czech architects of the first decade of the twentieth century, perhaps the most prolific was the Austrian-born Osvald Polívka. Best known for civic projects such as Prague’s new City Hall (1911) and Municipal House...

Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Vyšehrad

Statue of Libuše and Přemysl, Vyšehrad

Přemysl and Libuše, Josef Myslbek, 1897 (copy) In the peaceful grounds of the ancient fort of Vyšehrad stand four monumental statues by Josef Myslbek depicting characters from early Czech mythology. One shows an allegorical couple, ‘Lumír and Piseň’...

Na Švihance 1588/12 and 1569/14

Na Švihance 1588/12 and 1569/14

These fine art nouveau apartments on the border of the Vinohrady and Žižkov districts date from 1910; they were built by Antonín Polívka to a design by the architect Josef Pospíšil. Seven years earlier, Pospíšil had made his...

Tolstého 522/11 and 523/13

Tolstého 522/11 and 523/13

The ornate Parisian-style apartment blocks of Kodaňská Street and its immediate neighbourhood are some of the most impressive domestic houses in Prague. But even those not facing directly onto that grand boulevard still have a distinctiveness and charm...

Na Petynce 395/41

Na Petynce 395/41

Caught between two highways that sweep westwards to Prague airport, the suburbs of Střešovice and Břevnov retain a curiously quiet, semi-rural atmosphere. On their slopes can still be found the traces of numerous baroque farmsteads and estates; one...

Na Švihance 1527/9

Na Švihance 1527/9

Na Švihance — an architecturally rich street in Prague 2 close to Riegrovy sady (Rieger Park) — captures very well the blend of historical styles popular in the first decade of the twentieth century. Three of the houses...

Polská 1283/18: 'The Assyrian Kings'

Polská 1283/18: ‘The Assyrian Kings’

Prague’s well-heeled residential district of Vinohrady is renowned for its grand apartment blocks, built at the turn of the 20th century in a variety of historicist styles. Their monumental entrances and lavish facades present a panoply of historical,...

Mšené-Lázně, Pavilion Hall

Mšené-Lázně, Pavilion Hall

The mineral springs of the north Bohemian village of Mšené-Lázně have enjoyed a long reputation, in particular for their effective treatment of bowel disorders and inflammations of the nervous system. Less famous than the thermal springs of Karlovy...

Petřínské sady: Statue of Karel Hynek Mácha

Petřínské sady: Statue of Karel Hynek Mácha

This full-height bronze of the illustrious poet Karel Hynek Mácha was begun in 1910 (the centenary of his birth) and placed on Petřin Hill, not far from the writer’s birthplace on Újezd street, two years later. In the...