1871

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1892

Kupka has graduated with diploma from Prague Academy of Art, starts his studies at Vienna Academy.

1896

Leaves for Paris, where he studies and illustrates both books and magazines. In his work, he demonstrates his leftist thinking, Spiritism and erotica in the full flow of life of the “holy hill” (Montmartre) in the name of fast changing love and ever flowing absinth.

1899

František Kupka Ztracena ve víru velkoměsta

Lost in the big city

Ink drawing and painting white lead on lithography (1899), 37×57 cm, 56×75 cm (including frame), signed, framed.
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František Kupka Blázni

The Fools

Color lithograph on paper (1899), 49 x 71 cm, 63 x 96 cm (including frame), signed, framed. Published in the book Musaion VIII, 1928
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1900

František Kupka Liberté

Liberté!

Black and white lithographs and ink drawing on paper (around 1900), 42 x 77 cm, 74×105 cm (including frame), signed, framed.
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1900

Ape´s King/Ape´s Painter

Black and white litograph (1900), plate signed, framed, published in the Album.

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1900

františek Kupka Vzdor černý idol

Resistance/The black idol

Colored aquatint on paper (1900-1903), 34,5 x 34,5 cm, 58 x 56 cm (including frame), signed, framed.
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1901

In Paris, politically satiric weekly magazine, illustrated by Kupka, starts being published and is distributed around Europe – i.e. within Austro-Hungarian Empire also, where it provokes positive reactions – mainly in leftish thinking readers – and the outcome of this all is the Exhibition of 150 Kupka´s mostly satiric pieces of art, travelling around Czech.

1905

Kupka´s exhibition travelling around Czech – “the individualist becomes a socialist”. On the exhibition, the Album mainly satiric reproductions of Kupka is published – these become the most favourite decoration of youth rooms.

1905

The book Le Qantique des Qantiques is published in Paris. This book is written by Jean de Bonnefon a illustrated by Kupka. A series of symbolistic illustrations is oriented on a exotic sexuality, so typical for that time.

1905

František Kupka Píseň písní Pro svého pána

Song of Songs (For her Master)

Sheet from the illustrations cycle of bibliophile Song of Songs, two-color woodcut on paper (1905-1909), 23.5 x 22.5 cm, 48.5 x 46.5 cm (including frame), plate signed, framed.
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1905

Kupka Píseň písní Ležící

Song of songs (For my Lord) II

Sheet from the illustrations cycle of bibliophile Song of Songs, two-color woodcut on paper (1905-1909), 23.5 x 22.5 cm, plate signed, unframed.
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1905

frantisek-kupka-pisen-pisni-s-nausnici

Song of Songs (The beauty with an earring)

Sheet from the illustrations cycle of bibliophile Song of Songs, two-color woodcut on paper (1905-1909), 23.5 x 22.5 cm, 48.5 x 46.5 cm (including frame), plate signed, framed.
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1905

Kupka Píseň písní Kráska

Song of Songs (Beauty Sulamit)

Sheet from the illustrations cycle of bibliophile Song of Songs, two-color woodcut on paper (1905-1909), 23.5 x 22.5 cm, plate signed, unframed.
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1911

Kupka presents his abstract studies, and screams of disapproval of the French critics sound over the tampering of the French tradition. “The guilty ones are the foreigners, Slavs or Americans with their cynical shamelessness and without French good taste “.

1912

He exhibits his first abstract paintings in Paris. The viewers are laughing, press is aghast, the public authorities in the state of shock.

1912

František Kupka studie k dvoubarevné fuze

Study to “Fugue in Two Colors”

Drypoint on Japanese paper (around 1912), 17 x 22,5 cm, 63 x 70cm (including frame), plate signed bottom left, stamped signed with Kupka’s signatures stamp at the right lower margins, framed.
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Kupka Studie k dvoubarevné fuze II

Study to “Fugue in Two Colors” II

Drypoint (around 1912), 17 x 22,5 cm, plate signed bottom left, stamped signed with Kupka’s signatures stamp at the right lower margins, unframed.
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1912

František Kupka abstrakce zvuky hodin

Sounds of the Clock

Etching on paper (1912), 27,5 x 22,5 cm, 68 x 60 cm (including frame), plate signed bottom right, stamped signed with Kupka’s signatures stamp at the right lower margins, framed.
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1913

František Kupka studie k amorfě

Study to Amorpha

Color etching on paper (1913), 24 x 16 cm, 63 x 52 cm (including frame), plate signed bottom left, stamped signed with Kupka’s signatures stamp at the right lower margins framed.
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František Kupka Studie k amorfě čb

Study to Amorpha black and white

Etching on paper (1913), 24 x 16 cm, 63 x 52 cm (including frame), plate signed bottom left, plate signed, stamped signed with Kupka’s signatures stamp at the right lower margins, framed.

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1914

Immediately after the World War I breaks out, he volunteers for becoming a soldier. After the victory in the year 1918, he comes back from the front in the rank of the lieutenant.

1919

Jindřich Waldes becomes his patron and collector.

1920

František Kupka bílé rytmy

White rhythms

Woodcut on paper (around 1920), 25×40 cm, 47×61 cm (including frame), plate signed bottom right, stamped signed with Kupka’s signatures stamp at the left lower margins, framed.
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1921

František_Kupka_Bez názvu 1

Untitled

1921, etching on paper, sheet size 51×33 cm, size of picture 23×15 cm, plate signed right bottom a stamped signed with Kupka’s signatures stamp at the right lower margins, unframed.
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1922

First monograph about Kupka, which was written by writer of French origin Arnould Grémilly is published. The Czech critics admire him and they seek for him in Paris to talk with him about new fine art.

1923

Kupka summarized his artistic views in the book Creation in the visual art..

1925

He stops painting and works on the album of black and white woodcuts Four stories of black and white.
At the end of the year 1926 he published this album on 25 folios by on his own cost in 300 prints. This graphic volume nevertheless is not paid attention to and becomes the financial catastrophe for Kupka. Many years later it is labelled to be the first abstract album and is published as reprint in France, Great Britain and in the Czech Republic.

1926

Kupka is given the order of French Legion of Honour.

1926

Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 2

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Introductory folio of the four stories – connection of humans, nature and knowledge into energy gushing up and coming back again.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 2 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), plate signed K.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 3

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Introductory folio of the first story – embryo of being.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 3 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 4

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Sowing the seed.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 4 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 5

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Intake of seed.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 5 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 6

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Genesis.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 6 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 7

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Genesis
Woodcut on paper, folio number 7 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 8

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

What will follow (prototype of the question mark).
Woodcut on paper, folio number 8 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 9

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Introductory folio of the second story – the beginning of fragmentation.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 9 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 10

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Fragmentation.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 10 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 11

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Fragments.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 11 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 12

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Connecting fragments.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 12 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 13

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Conneting fragments (temple).
Woodcut on paper, folio number 13 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 14

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Solidness of connection.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 14 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 15

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Introductory folio of the third story – universe.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 15 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 16

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Energy.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 16 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 17

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Pulsating energy – beginning of the transformation.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 17 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 18

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Pulsating energy – beginning of transformation.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 18 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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František Kupka 4 příběhy čb 19

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Creation of matter.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 19 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 20

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Matter.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 20 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 21

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Introductory folio of the fourth story – verticals, diamonds and on trapezoid.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 21 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 22

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Chaos.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 22 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 23

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Arranging.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 23 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 24

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Genesis of structure.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 24 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 25

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Connection.
Woodcut on paper, folio number 25 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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Frantisek Kupka 4 příběhy bílé a černé 26

Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir

Firm shape (with energy ascending).
Woodcut on paper, folio number 26 of the volume of 26 prints on handmade paper (1926), 20 x 15 cm, 42,5 x 34,5 cm (including frame), signed on the front cover of the volume on the first 100 prints.
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1927

His patron and collector Jindřich Waldes buys part large number of copies of Four stories of White and Black and successfully distributes it in USA.

1928

His first Czech monograph by Emanuel Siblík is published.

1930

He spends two months in Czech at Waldes´s home, is worshiped, gives interviews and speaks on radio, is being acquainted with prominent Czech intellectual. Leading Czech cubistic architect and chancellor of AVU Josef Gočár renews his professorship.

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1932

He paints cycle Abstraction that is published in catalogue Abstraction – Création: Art non figurative and, in the year 1946, it is published also in Prague.

1931

In Paris, the group Abstraction – Création is established, Kupka refuses presidentship and becomes one of the member.

1934

He is called by founding president of the Salon of Independents Paul Signac to provide his works to exhibition on the occasion of 50th anniversary of the Salon.

1935

He is called also by the director of Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the next year Kupka exhibits in New York.

1936

Collection of poems Conquête du silence including the original Kupka´s woodcut building on Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir is published in edition 225 pieces in France.

1946

He starts to exhibit at several exhibitions a year throughout the whole world.

In Prague, Kupka´s great retrospective exhibition takes place and Kupka´s catalog to the exhibition is published. Czechoslovak state buys his works for National Gallery Nevertheless, the critics value more Kupka – the illustrator more than Kupka – the painter. He is disappointed and contrary to his original decision to spend the rest of his life in Czech he goes back to Paris.

1947

This is the last time, when he comes to Czech – he wants to present to municipal authority of Dobruška a portrait of his father, who used to be the official there. Not even after long waiting he is not accepted. He leaves the painting with an official in the hall. And after this incident he returns back to France and gives up the Czech citizenship.

1948

His admirer and publisher Žikeš prints in Prague in Czech, French, English and German languages his volume Album of Abstraction (16 prints of black on lithographic background) Due to lack of interest and minimum of sales, great part of the copies was probably discarded.

1948


František Kupka Abstrakce 1

Abstraction I

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 40.7 x 33.7 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 2

Abstraction II

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 40.7 x 33.7 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 3

Abstraction III

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 40.7 x 33.7 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 4

Abstraction IV

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 40.7 x 33.7 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 5

Abstraction V

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František Kupka Abstrakce 6

Abstraction VI

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František Kupka Abstrakce 7

Abstraction VII

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František Kupka Abstrakce 8

Abstraction VIII

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 40.7 x 33.7 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 9

Abstraction IX

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 40.7 x 33.7 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 1

Abstraction X

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 42 x 35 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 11

Abstraction XI

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 42 x 35 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 12

Abstraction XII

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 42 x 35 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 13

Abstraction XIII

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 42 x 35 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 14

Abstraction XIV

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 42 x 35 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 15

Abstraction XV

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 42 x 35 cm (including frame).
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František Kupka Abstrakce 16

Abstraction XVI

Serigraph with lithographic printing on paper (1948), 21 x 15 cm, 42 x 35 cm (including frame).
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1951

Kupka is 80 years old and the commercial world gallery (in New York) buys for the first time great number of this paintings and starts to sell it throughout the world.

1956

Museum of Modern Art buys great number of Kupka´s most prominent paintings.

1957

Kupka dies in France and Musée National d´Art Moderne in Paris buys many of his paintings and founds a permanent hall of Kupka „Salle Kupka“.

1962

On the Paris market, first imitations – catalogized – of Kupka paintings and drawings appear.

1976

Museé d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris publishes on the occasion of Kupka´s exhibition a reprint Four stories of white and black.

1990

In auction house Phillips London, Kupka´s oil on canvas achieves for the first time the price surpassing 500.000 USD (price with auction house fee).

In aution Champin-Lombrail-Gautier, Enghien-les-Bains Paris the price of Kupka´s oil on canvas more than 1.000.000 USD (price with auction house fee).

1998

Liverpool University Press publishes a reprint Four stories of white and black and the Album Abstraction.

2008

Galerie of Modern Art in Hradec Králové publishes for Kupka´s exhibition the catalogue Quatre Histoires de blanc et noir .

2016

In auction Auctionsverk, a world auction record for Kupka´s oil on canvas is achieved 2.553.000 € (almost 70.000.000 Czech, price with auction house fee).

In auction Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery Prague, Kupka´s oil on canvas is sold for record 62.000.000 CZK (price with auction house fee.). This is the new Czech record for Kupka´s painting.