The Orlik Tailor Shop in Prague
Emil Orlik (1870-1932). Proof impression woodcut printed in black on Japan paper with small margins and with added hand coloring by the artist in pale blue and tan, 1898, 122 x 186 mm., signed in pencil, Narodni Galerie Catalog 108, Glockner 166, from Kleinen Holzschnitt. The shop belonged to Orlik's father. The finished color print is illustrated in the Narodni Galerie Catalog of Orlik, one of the few images illustrated, but the coloring here is far subtler than the final version. Orlik was born in Prague, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and later worked and taught in Berlin. He was a superb portraitist but also produced landscapes and genre images in a variety of techniques and of subjects from throughout Europe and the Far East. He traveled to Japan in 1900 specifically for the purpose of learning Japanese color woodblock techniques, which he mastered and used frequently thereafter. The present work, though, is well before that.