Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Czech Republic 2016 - Works of Art on Postage Stamps: František Tichý

COUNTRY: Czech Republic
ISSUE DATE: 9 November 2016
STAMP SIZE: 40 x 50 mm
THEME: Clown with monkey (1933) by František Tichý  

František Tichý (24 March 1896, Prague - 07 October 1961, Prague) was a Czech painter, graphic artist and stage designer. 

From 1917-23, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. As early as 1920, he was asked by director Jan Bor to design the stage sets for Molière’s School for Wives at Prague’s Švandovo Theatre. From 1924-28, he created another almost 50 stage designs for the same theatre. In the following years, he worked as a book designer, art editor in the Melantrich publishing house, and poster designer. In 1929, he went to France from where he wanted to continue to America, but he returned to Prague in 1935 where he worked almost exclusively as a painter.

He is considered as a leading personality among the Czech avant garde artists of the 1940s. Despite his very rich portfolio of themes and expressions, including landscapes, urban motifs, portraits (such as the demonic portrait of Paganini), book illustrations (e.g. for Don Quixote), Tichý was permanently drawn to figures from the circus and vaudeville world using different methods to portray them. His first lithography dedicated to this theme, Waving Clown, appeared as early as 1926. From 1945-51, he was a professor at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. From 1945-49, he was asked by choreographer Saša Machov to work as a guest stage designer for the National Theatre in Prague. He also designed costumes for his scenic designs.


Stamp images and description thanks to Česká pošta