Hana Wichterlová was a sculptor, one of the most prominent Czech artists of the interwar avant-garde. She studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts and spent five inspiring years in Paris afterwards. Most of her work reflect her interest in nature and a focus on Eastern philosophy. Among her most famous creations are Standing Girl, Torso with Vase and especially Bud, which represents the inner shape of this natural formation. For 50 years, she lived and worked in a studio at the old picturesque part of Prague, captured in a series of magical photographs called The Sculptor’s Garden by the great photographer Josef Sudek. The communist regime rejected Hana Wichterlová’s work. She was the sister of chemist Otto Wichterle, the inventor of contact lenses.