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Anna Zemánková(1908-1986) had 4 children and concentrated all her passion on them, wholly devoting her attention to them. When the children began to grow up and she could no longer fully fulfill her maternal role, she fell into a state of frustration and moodiness. Her creative work, to which Anna was introduced by her sons in 1960, when she was fifty-two, functioned as a sort of catharsis. She drew thousands of imaginary flowers and plants through her creative life.


Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

She was born Anna Velelá on August 23, 1908 in Olomouc, Moravia (present-day Czech Republic). As a young girl, she enjoyed drawing but her father, a hairdresser, encouraged her to instead pursue other interests and a more lucrative career path. She studied dentistry from 1923 until 1926, becoming a dental technician. She worked in this profession until 1933 when she married Bohumir Zmanek, a military officer.


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