Saturday, February 25, 2017

Josef Tomasek

Josef Tomasek - Parasol, Monthly and Vetrniku - Meeting With Donors The title "Slunecniku, Mesicniku a Vetrniku - setkani s darcem" apparently translates to.. "Parasol, Monthly and Vetrniku - Meeting With Donors"

A small handful of other works by Tomasek can be found here.

Artus Scheiner (1863-1938)

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from "Vo lakomý selce"
Illustration from "Vo lakomy selce"

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from "Matysek a wizard"
Illustration from "Matysek a wizard"

Artus Scheiner - Karel Jaromír Erben- Zlatovláska, Princess Goldie, 2nd illustration
Illustration from Karel Jaromír Erben- Zlatovláska, Princess Goldie

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from "Vo haltravský meluzíně"
Artus Scheiner - Illustration from "Vo haltravsky meluzine"

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from "Kunifer"
Illustration from "Kunifer"

Artus Scheiner - Illustration for Czech National Fairy Tale, from collection by Bozena Nemcova, 1913
Illustration for Czech National Fairy Tale, from collection by Bozena Nemcova, 1913

Artus Scheiner - Illustration (2) for Czech National Fairy Tale, from collection by Bozena Nemcova, 1913
Artus Scheiner - Illustration for Czech National Fairy Tale, from collection by Bozena Nemcova, 1913

Artus Scheiner - Robbers of the Enchanted Forest
Artus Scheiner - Robbers of the Enchanted Forest

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from Karel Jaromir Erben's "Goldilocks and Other Czech Fairy Tales"
Illustration from Karel Jaromir Erben's "Goldilocks and Other Czech Fairy Tales"

Artus Scheiner - Jirka With A Goat
Jirka With A Goat

Artus Scheiner - Illustration (3) for Czech National Fairy Tale, from collection by Bozena Nemcova, 1913
Illustration for Czech National Fairy Tale, from collection by Bozena Nemcova, 1913

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from T. E. Tisovský - King Mouselet And Prince Youth - The Bold Dwarfs´Adventures, 1905
Illustration from T. E. Tisovský - King Mouselet And Prince Youth - The Bold Dwarfs´Adventures, 1905

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from "Rozum a Štěstí"
Illustration from "Rozum a Stesti"

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from J. Š. Kubín´s Under Command Of Magic. 1920's
Illustration from J. S. Kubín´s Under Command Of Magic. 1920's

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from "Tři zlaté vlasy děda Vševěda"
Illustration from "Tri zlate vlasy deda Vseveda"

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from J. Š. Kubín´s Under Command Of Magic, 1920's
Illustration from J. Š. Kubín´s Under Command Of Magic, 1920's

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from "Fairy Tales For Adults" written by Jean Qui RitIllustration from "Fairy Tales For Adults" written by Jean Qui Rit

Artus Scheiner - Illustration from The Magical Gate, 1932

Illustration from The Magical Gate, 1932 Artus Scheiner - Removal of the Trolls, before 1938
Removal of the Trolls, before 1938


A somewhat awkwardly translated biography on the artist can be found at Wikipedia.

Image sources include, Wikimedia Commons, is.muni and 50 Watts.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Josef Vachal (1884 - 1969)

Josef Vachal - A Walpurgis Night's Dream, 1914A Walpurgis Night's Dream, 1914


Josef Vachal - Elementary Plan of Passions and InstinctsElementary Plan of Passions and Instincts


Josef Vachal - Decorations for Czech PuppetsDecorations for Czech Puppets


Josef Vachal - Incubus (Succubus), 1907Incubus (Succubus), 1907


Josef Vachal - Temptation of Saint AnthonyTemptation of Saint Anthony


Josef Vachal - Satanic Invocation, 1909Satanic Invocation, 1909


Josef Vachal - Samiel on SonnbergSamiel on Sonnberg


Josef Vachal - Demon HeadsDemon Heads


Josef Váchal - Alchemist, 1910Alchemist, 1910


Josef Vachal - Title Unknown 2


Josef Vachal - Revolution, 1928Revolution, 1928


Josef Vachal - The Cloaca of the Street, 1910The Cloaca of the Street, 1910


Josef Vachal - Title Unknown


Josef Vachal - Astarte's Mass, 1907Astarte's Mass, 1907


Josef Vachal - Sabath, 1911Sabbath, 1911


Josef Vachal - Dead Man's Dream, 1918Dead Man's Dream, 1918


Josef Vachal - Messenger, 1915Messenger, 1915


Josef Vachal - Belial, illustration from "The Devil's Garden," 1924Josef Belial, illustration from "The Devil's Garden," 1924


Josef Vachal - Moorland Demon, 1932Moorland Demon, 1932


"Josef Váchal (September 23, 1884 in Milavče near Domažlice – May 10, 1969 in Studeňany) was a Czech writer, painter, printmaker and book-printer.

Váchal was the son of Josef Aleš-Lyžec and Anna Váchalová - his parents never married. He was brought up by his grandparents, Jan Aleš and Jana Alešová, in the southern Bohemian town of Písek, where he entered grammar school but left it prematurely. In 1898 Váchal moved to Prague, where he studied bookbinding and befriended his father's cousin, the painter Mikoláš Aleš. He was influenced by Art Nouveau during that time.

In 1900 he wrote his first poems, by 1903 he joined the Prague Theosophy Society, in 1904 he entered the Painter School and later became a respected painter and graphic designer. In 1910 Váchal published his first two books. Between January 1912 and January 1913 he enjoyed a short but intense friendship with the mystical Catholic writer Jakub Deml. In March 1913, Váchal married Máša Pešulová, and began a friendship with the collector J. Portman; Portman's house Portmoneum is now the Váchal Museum in Litomyšl.

From 1916 to 1918 Váchal served as a soldier on the Italian front. During 1940, expressing resistance against Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, he moved from Prague to the village of Studeňany ('tusculum' or 'exile'). After the communist revolution of 1948 in Czechoslovakia, he became more socially and culturally isolated and his works were rarely seen in public. He lived in obscurity on the family estate of his partner, Anna Macková, in Studeňany. Even with the coming of Prague Spring in the late 1960s his situation didn’t significantly change. He was, however, awarded the state title of Meritorious Artist (Zasloužilý umělec) shortly before his death in 1969. He is buried in the village of Radim near Jičín, eastern Bohemia." - quote source


Artworks found at www.vachal.cz, Album of the Magic Search Exhibit. A video showcasing the entirety of a recently published book of Vachal's art can be viewed here.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Parade of Monsters, 1560-1600

Parade of Monsters 2, 1560-1600

Parade of Monsters 5, 1560-1600

Parade of Monsters 1, 1560-1600

Parade of Monsters 3, 1560-1600

Parade of Monsters 4, 1560-1600

No artist is attached to this series of etchings in the Italian school/style dated from 1560-1600.  Artworks found at The British Museum.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Gaston Hoffmann (1883-1977)

Gaston Hoffman - Le roman fantastique, 1930Le roman fantastique, 1930

Gaston Hoffman - Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1936Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1936

Gaston Hoffman - Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1936 (detail 3) Gaston Hoffman - Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1936 (detail 4) Gaston Hoffman - Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1936 (detail 2) Gaston Hoffman - Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1936 (detail 1) Artworks found at Opus-Mirabilis and Antic Store.