GRAPHIC DESIGN

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ARBOR VITAE

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Flexi, 7 x 9 in. / 224 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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PUB DATE 9/30/2013
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ARBOR VITAE

Vojtech Preissig

Published by Arbor Vitae
Text by Lucie Vlcková.

Featured image, a cover design for <I>The American Magazine</I> (1911), is reproduced from <I>Vojtech Preissig</I>.Vojtech Preissig (1873–1944) was one of the most prominent Czech artists and designers of the first half of the twentieth century. His influence on typography and graphic design was international (in fact he was often more recognized abroad than domestically). This book presents a comprehensive overview of Preissig’s oeuvre, which ranges from graphics for books and periodicals to ornamental patterns, designs and typography influenced by Alfons Mucha. We learn of his years in Prague, Paris and America (where he taught at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York and at Wentworth Institute in Boston), and his return to Czechoslovakia, where his fresh start was unfortunately thwarted by the onset of World War II. This publication recounts previously unpublished information about Preissig’s life, and contains a wealth of little-seen and previously unseen works.

Featured image, a cover design for The American Magazine (1911), is reproduced from Vojtech Preissig.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/16/2013

Vojtech Preissig

Vojtech PreissigFeatured image, a 1903 colored etching on paper entitled "Girl's Longing," is reproduced from Arbor Vitae's new monograph on the nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Czech typographer, printmaker, designer, illustrator, painter and teacher, Vojtech Preissig. Towards the end of his life, Preissig devoted himself to publishing and illustrating the underground Czech magazine, V boj, which fomented resistance to the Nazi regime. He was arrested in 1940, and consigned to the concentration camp at Dachau, where he was forced to work on counterfeit money designs until his death there in 1944. Essayist Lucie Vlčková writes, "The last surviving works by Preissig are pencil drawings on the theme of the four seasons—their loose and weak lines testify to the artist's extreme exhaustion and physical suffering. Despite the selfless care of the fellow prisoners Preissig finally succumbed to a typhus infection on the 11th of June 1944, and his friends from the resistance group succeeded in casting a mould for his death mask." continue to blog


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