Artist Jitka Svobodová dies at 81

The Czech artist Jitka Svobodová, who started as a painter before moving to drawings, has died at the age of 81. She was repeatedly denied enrollment at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts before eventually getting in in 1961.

In the period following the Soviet occupation she was barred from exhibiting and trained as a restorer. After the fall of communism she headed the drawing studio at the Academy of Fine Art.

Jitka Svobodová had a retrospective at the Prague City Gallery at the time of her death.

Author: Ian Willoughby