Václav Radimský (1867 –1946)
Born into an affluent family in Kolin, Bohemia, Czech Republic, Václav Radimský studied painting in Munich and Vienna. In 1889, he moved to France, first settling in Barbizon, near Fontainebleau, and later moving on to Giverny, after becoming acquainted with Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro, whom he greatly admired. Radimsky rented an old mill on the Seine river, maintained a floating studio, and painted alongside Monet, occasionally. His Impressionist landscape paintings of the Northern French countryside became a commercial success. In 1894 he exhibited at the Paris Salon, a year later he received a gold medal in Rouen, and in 1900 at the World’s Fair in Paris. A large number of his paintings remain in French collections until today. Radimsky also held exhibitions in Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Leipzig. In 1918 he returned to his home country and resettled on his family’s estate near Kolin, where he lived and worked until his death in 1946.