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Polychrome plaster. This known double bust of Voskovec and Werich dates to the early 1930s, when Švec worked with the Liberated Theater. He was involved in the stage set for the anti-fascist play "The Ass and the Shadow" and later in film sets for the popular duo. Švec's first major (and internationally perhaps his most well-known) sculpture was his 1924 futurist sculpture of a man on a motorcycle titled "Sunbeam – Motorcyclist", which was a huge success at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris in 1925. The talented artist studied at Prague's School of Applied Arts and Academy of Fine Arts under Josef Václav Myslbek and Jan Štursa, where he initially worked as an assistant and, following Štursa's death in 1925, headed the studio for two years. In 1920 he lived in Paris, where he studied under Émile-Antoine Bourdelle. During World War II he created a series of statues of important Czech historical figures (Jan Neruda, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, Jan Hus). The 1950s proved fateful. Under pressure from the communist regime during the construction of the Stalin Monument and one year after his wife commit suicide, he, too, took his own life.