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Pisek Painting


Something big lay waiting in the choir loft of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pisek, North Dakota. In 1976, a six foot by 10 foot oil painting worth $25,000 was found hidden behind the organ.

The artist, Alphons Mucha, was born in Ivancice, in the modern-day Czech Republic. Many early settlers of Pisek were also from Ivancice, some related to Mucha. Before coming to North Dakota, they commissioned the budding artist to create a painting for a new church to be built in Pisek.

In 1887, Mucha completed the commission while attending art school in Munich. After two years of work he charged nothing, stating “it is for my countrymen.”


Grand Forks Herald, July 20th 2008

“Painting by Alfons Mucha Graces Pisek, North Dakota, Church,” Faith Chyle Knutson

By Maria Witham