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Karel Vik ( 4. 11. 1883 in Horice v Podkrkonosi - 8. 10. 1964 in Turnov) graphic artist, painter, scenographer and illustrator

He studied at the weaving school in Lomnice nad Popelkou and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague under prof. Ottenfeld 1902 - 1908. At first he devoted himself exclusively to painting, painting and drawing portraits, still life and landscape. Since 1914 he began to deal with woodcuts. Emphasis was placed on relief relief, vegetation structure and the effect of atmospheric changes. He captured the landscape of the Giant Mountains, Bohemian Paradise, Kuks, Slovakia, especially the Tatras. He illustrated books, devoted to stamp creation, bookbinding and graphics, especially in etching. He collaborated with puppet theater as an artist and director. He was a founding member of the Hollar Association of Czech Graphic Artists, a member of the Salon dˇAutumne in Paris, where he exhibited since 1926. Member of the Manes Association of Fine Artists, since 1940 a member of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has exhibited independently since 1925 and has participated in collective exhibitions since 1908. His works are represented in the National Gallery, other state and private collections in the Czech Republic and abroad.