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At that time Prague was the capital of a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and thus he was an Austrian citizen, not Czechoslovakian as is frequently stated. His family, being Jewish, lived near the Prague ghetto. His father was a master tailor as was his brother Hugo. Throughout his school years Orlik had been passionate about drawing and on leaving school in he was allowed by his father to go to Germany, hoping to be enrolled at the Academy of Fine Art there.
He was not accepted however, so he enrolled at the private art school of Heinrich Knirr in Munich, where a fellow pupil was Paul Klee.
Orlik's target remained the Munich Academy and he gained a place in under Professor von Lindenschmit who soon recognised his talents and allocated him a small studio. Orlik worked hard, copying old masters at the Munich Pinakothek, constantly improving his techniques.
In he won the silver medal for two of his pastel drawings which were shown at the academy's annual exhibition, with the honour of hanging near works by Adolph von Menzel, one of the most prominent artists in Germany. The Academy had a department led by Professor Raab teaching copper engraving.
Orlik enrolled for these classes but was at loggerheads with the professor for branching away from the curriculum, experimenting with all aspects of etching and lithography. He was soon doing work beyond Raab's understanding.
In Orlik impetuously left the academy as he felt constrained by conservative academic training. He wanted to start working in more modern styles and was drawn to the Munich Naturalistic movement and the circle around Wilhelm Leibl.
After a year of military training he returned to Prague in and painted and made prints of his friends and surroundings there. In Orlik returned to Munich to work with his fellow pupil and life-long friend Bernhard Pankok on their first essays in the making of colour woodcut prints.
They had seen examples of Japanese woodcut prints and were fascinated by them. He began contributing illustrations to the journal Jugend.
By Orlik was such an accomplished print-maker that four of his small etchings were chosen for publication in the prestigious art magazine PAN. Also illustrated in PAN was a reproduction of his first poster 'Die Weber', designed for the play of the same name produced by Gerhart Hauptmann.
Hauptmann was so impressed by the poster that he invited Orlik to Berlin to visit his studio and this was the first stepping stone to Orlik's involvement in the theatre. He went on to become a leading set and costume designer for many productions.
Through his friend the writer Maria Rainer Rilke came the opportunity to become a book illustrator. By the end of Max Lehrs, assistant director of the Kupferstichkabinett Graphics Collection in Dresden began to add prints by Orlik to this important museum print collection.
Lehrs can be considered to be the 'discoverer' of Orlik and he bought may of Orlik's prints for his own extensive collection. They were lifetime friends and maintained a correspondence almost until the artist's death.
Much of the details of Orlik's travels and day-to-day life is known from this correspondence, which has amazingly been preserved. A book titled Malergr? In Orlik made his first journey abroad, visiting England, Scotland, Belgium and Holland as well as making the first of his many visits to Paris.
There he came into contact with the woodcut artist Felix Vallotton and in London with William Nicholson who was making highly innovative woodcut posters and prints. He recorded his travels in numerous etchings, lithographs and woodcuts. On returning to Prague he established himself in an atelier in an old tower with fine views over the picturesque city.
He retained this studio until But by he was living in Vienna and showed works in the third exhibition of the Vienna Secession, of which, as a member, he also contributed to the group's publications on modern art trends, including 'Japonisme'.
The Society was gaining in importance and visitors came from abroad, including K? There was much interchanging of ideas and discussion of Japonisme which was having such an impact throughout Europe, particularly on Art Nouveau and Jugendstil artists, and the Nabis school in Paris.
At the same time artists in America were also coming under this influence notably Mary Cassatt and Helen Hyde. In February Orlik had great success with his first one-man exhibition in Br? Her father, Max von Gomperz was a wealthy industrialist and patron of the arts.
He bought from and commissioned many paintings and other works by Orlik. Marie Gomperz and Orlik developed a life-long friendship documented through their correspondence which continued until the time of Orlik's death.Art plays one of the most popular role in modern society.
It is a way of expressing one's feelings. Art is a variety of human activities and the products of those activities. Museum of Natural History, Lisbon Photo courtesy of Bruno Castro Santos We asked artists around the world: “ What is your role as an artist in society, your local community, and the world at large?” Every artist plays a different and necessary part in contributing to the overall health, development, and well-being of our society.
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1. The example of music, which has long been an abstract art, and which avant-garde poetry has tried so much to emulate, is interesting. Music, Aristotle said curiously enough, is the most imitative and vivid of all arts because it imitates its original -- the state of the soul -- with the greatest immediacy.
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