Nude by the Sea - Joseph Tomanek

Nude by the Sea
Joseph Tomanek

  • Joseph Tomanek  American (1889-1974)
  • Nude by the Sea
  • Oil on Canvas on Board
  • 16" x 12"   framed 19 3/4" x 15 3/4"
  • $3,850

Tomanek was born in Czechoslovakia in 1889, and studied at the School of Design in Prague. He immigrated to America around the turn of the century and settled in Chicago. Tomanek attended the Art Institute of Chicago and studied with Antonin Sterba, Albert Krehbiel and K.A. Buehr.

Tomanek was a member of the Bohemian Artist Club, Association of Chicago Painters, and Sculptors, and the Chicago Gallery Association. His works were exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bohemian Artist Club in 1920, the Chicago Gallery Association in 1939, where he won a prize, and at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, where he won the gold medal in 1939. His work is included in the collection of the Vanderpoel Art Association, Chicago.

Best known for his paintings of nude figures against lush foliage or marine backgrounds, Tomanek also painted floral still lifes, as well as religious subjects of which many were painted for local Roman Catholic churches. One of his murals, 50 feet long, was installed at the altar of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Forest Park. He was also a commercial artist of billboard advertisements.