Ex-libris for Dr. Karel Sulc

Kotrba, Emil
20th Century


Pencil signed: Emil Kotrba 1944

Sheet size: 3 5/8″ x 4 3/4″

Image size: 2 1/4″ x 3 1/8″

Warm black ink on pale ivory laid paper

Tiny area of glue residue on top of back side

Condition: very good; no creases or soiling

FISAE data: Technique C3 / Condition 1, 3

1 in stock

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Emil Kotrba (Czech, 1912–1983) was a graphic artist especially known for his vivid depictions of animals. (He was no less skilled when portraying human subjects.) Kotrba studied animal anatomy and husbandry at a veterinary university even while he was enrolled in art school. His graphic media included wood engraving, etching and lithography, and most of his approximately 900 graphic works were in the form of ex-libris.

Emil Kotrba  was also renouned for his painted portraits of horses. He was an active rider, coach, and referee at equestrian events.