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Mánes Union of Artists

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An association of artists in Prague, analogous to the Salon d'Automne in Paris, largely responsible for introducing progressive trends to Czech art in the early years of the 20th century. It was founded in 1887 in opposition to the conservative Prague Academy of Arts and named after Josef Mánes (1820–71), who is regarded as the founder of Czech national painting. Among the exhibitions staged by the Union were: 1905, works by Munch; 1907, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings; 1910, French artists from the Salon des Indépendants, including examples of the Fauves; 1914, Cubist works, but without Picasso, Braque, or Gris. The Mánes Union continued until 1949.

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