Thursday, January 14, 2016

Czech Republic 2015
Works of Art on Postage Stamps: Karel Nepras

COUNTRY: Czech Republic
ISSUE DATE: 16 December 2015
THEME: Karel Nepraš - Great Dialogue
STAMP SIZE: 50 x 40 mm

Karel Nepraš was a significant Czech sculptor, draftsman, graphic artist, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He was born on 2 April 1932 in Brno and died on 5 April 2002 in Prague.

In 1952, after graduation from the Secondary School of Ceramics in Prague, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in the sculpture studio of Prof. J. Lauda. He started with drawings, which later became the basis of Czech cartoon. But it was mainly his sculptures - special red creatures bursting with irony and sarcasm, made of metal pipes, hoses, screws, parts of bicycles and other materials – that made him famous. His sculptures, looking like skinned creatures with visible veins, arteries, tendons and muscles, were made of diverse plumbing materials, but also from ladies’ stockings covered with acetone paint. Only later he began to build his sculptures from carefully arranged iron castings. His very distinctive equestrian statue of Czech writer Jaroslav Hašek is an open-air work displayed in Prokopovo Square in Prague’s Žižkov; Nepraš died before finishing the statue. Because of his political ideas, he was prohibited from exhibiting between the Prague Spring of 1968 and the Velvet Revolution in 1989. After this awkward stage of his creative life, he was very soon recognised as an accomplished artist and in 1991 he was appointed a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts. Thanks to his distinctive works, Karel Nepraš belongs to the pioneers of Czech modern art.

Stamp image and description thanks to Česká pošta