Czech Cubism Prague Czech Republic

The House of the Black Madonna Prague
Prague Cubism

Before World War I Prague was one of the most important centers for Cubism outside Paris. The avant-garde movement was active from 1912 to 1914.

Vlastislav Hofman
Vlastislav Hofman
Prague Architecture

A novice at identifying architectural styles, this visit has helped me understand and appreciate Prague’s intriguing and eclectic architecture – Medieval Romanesque, Gothic, Art Nouveau, 20th century Art Deco, Cubist, 19th century Neo-Baroque. Each day I discover another architectural treasure in the Golden City of 100 Spires, one of the world’s most beautiful cities!

Vlastislav Hofman – Stage Designed for August Strindberg’s Play Queen Kristina

Cubist Furniture –
Legion Bank Prague Rondo-Cubist Building –

The incredible variety of architecture is one reason why Prague was so affected by Cubism. The Czech Cubist movement is visible in “geometrically enhanced” facades, furniture, and decorative objects throughout Prague – even bridges are Cubist.

Triplex Family House –


Emil Filla and Josef Gočár believed “objects carried their own internal energy which could only be released by splitting their horizontal and vertical surfaces”.


Charles Bridge Prague – Pique Newsmagazine
Černín Palace –


“There’s a wonderful visual splendor to Prague. It’s literally a three-dimensional collage of textures, ornamentation, façades, and architectural details.”


Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Czech Artists

“Cubism is one architectural style unique to Prague. By developing Cubism painting, French artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque revolutionized the European art world.” Four of the most impressive designers and artists include Czech Cubists – Pavel Janak, Josef Gocar, Josef Chochol, and Vlastislav Hofman.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon 1907 Pablo Picasso
Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Georges Braque Father Of Cubism – Culture Trip
Everything Cubist

“In the 1900s Prague became a Cubist City. Apartment blocks were furnished with Cubist furniture, and Prague’s inhabitants drank from Cubist cups and ate on Cubist plates. They told time with Cubist clocks, place flowers in Cubist vases, and read books in Cubist typeface under Cubist lamps and light fixtures! This legacy survives in Prague neighborhoods today.”

Hodek Apartments in Vyšehrad is a major Cubist building. Architect Josef Cholcol designed the stunning building with distinct crystal shapes. Elegant Kovarovic Villa is another Cholcol Cubist building in Vyšehrad, a favorite Prague neighborhood.

Pablo Picasso Three Musicians 1921 –
Chochol Hodek Apartment House
Cubist Lamp Post – happyfrogtravels

There are impressive Cubist buildings, gateways, fountains, and lampposts throughout Prague. The historic Cooperative Housing building in Old Town Jewish Quarter is a notable one. Czech architect Otakar Novotny designed buildings after World War I as part of European “social planning”. Unlike other Cubist buildings, Novotny’s Cooperative Housing project has colorful façade detailing, that’s not typical of the monochromatic Czech Cubist style.

Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Stairway House of the Black Madonna –

Cooperative Housing buildings located near Altneu Synagogue in an upscale residential block of Old Town share architectural similarities. Almost 800 years apart in age, the Gothic synagogue and Cooperative Housing have fanciful geometric characteristics.

Cooperative House Buildings –
Cubist Masterpieces

One of the most striking examples of Cubist architecture in Prague is House of the Black Madonna in Old Town. “Sharp angled” complements surround the beautiful historical building. Inside, the Kubista Gallery creates a “Cubist environment of books, jewelry, furniture, and period postcards.”

Pavel Janak Vases
Pavel Janak Vases
Viaduct at L’Estaque Georges Braque – Flickr

The Veletržní Palace gallery has a great collection of Czech Cubist art, including paintings by Emil Filla and drawings and building models by Josef Gočár. Filla and Gočár both believed that “objects carried their own inter energy which could only be released by splitting their horizontal and vertical surfaces. They thought more conservative designs restrained and ignored needs of the human soul.”

Altneu Synagogue Prague –

Exploring Prague has been a delightful, enlightening experience. The city’s aura is pure magic!

Prague Bridges Vltava River –

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