Ex-libris for Zahradnik Karel / 1966

Kotrba, Emil
Late 20th century
Wood engraving


Pencil signed and dated

Black ink on pale ivory paper

Image size: 2 3/8″ x 3 1/8″

Sheet size: 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

Condition: hard crease in lower left corner, soft crease in upper left corner

1 in stock



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.