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September 2021
Technique: Wood engraving on paper.
Printing area: 302 x 248 mm.
Sheet: 422 x 368 mm.
Signed in printing area lower right, no date [1912].
Loose sheet. - Intact. Collector's condition.
Josef Vachal (September 23, 1884, Milavcice near Domazlice, Austria-Hungary - May 10, 1969, Studenany, Czechoslovakia)
Czech painter, graphic artist, carver, typographer, writer, poet, ...

... The work of Josef Vachal is visionary in complexity and shows the problems of his generation in such detail that it seems to be the most authentic value in Czech modern art. The other side of this gesture is the tension of expression in the collisions of various forms of work and the penetration of activities, the overlapping of ideas and artistic formulations. His being is expression along with revaluing and deforming old visions, typical for other members of the symbolist generation, which are led to changes in image structure.
His primitive expression was from the beginning joined with internal strains, presented fully in paintings through ambivalent images, where visions are the same as caricature, ...
... The tendencies of expressively joining visions can be fully seen in Vachal's work through the size of his entire work and is noticeable in his multi field solutions, in the relation to materials, most deeply in books. The book becomes his object of complete artistic intention and the medium joining various means into a whole, thanks to which he leaps past contemporary comprehension of the beautiful book ideal with a completely new conception, ...
.... Vachal's work that at it's beginning comes into contact with the struggle of the second generation of Czech graphic symbolism is also the conclusion of the secession revolt in expression and in pointing out exceeding certain limits, where language interpretation is hardly understandable and punishable from the position of classic comprehension of art. Thus the author gets into conflicts with society, but also with his own bases, when he does not care about the form of his expression or the means of expression, but only to become one with his work, ...
In: Introduction Prof. PhDr. Milos Sejn. Josef Vachal. Dilo. Roudnice nad Labem, GVU, 1984.