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Teissig, Karel

Teissig, Karel

Born 19th of April 1925 in Unhošť, died 1st of October 2000 in Prague. Painter, graphic artist and illustrator.

Studied at the school of painting of the Association of Visual Arts Mánes in Prague (1943-1945; Josef Liesler, Jan Bauch, Stanislav Ježek), the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1945-1950; Vratislav Nechleba) and the Académie Royal des Beaux-Arts in Brusseles (1948, L. Devos). Has been exhibiting both on his own and in groups since the 1950s. His spezialization was in poster production, small-sized and applied graphics, illustration, book graphics and drawing. With his personal and remarkable style, he earned a place in the so-called Czechoslovak Poster School. He belonged to the most important and prominent artists, producing original film posters in Czechoslovakia (along with Karel Vaca, Zdeněk Ziegler, Milan Grygar and Josef Vyleťal). He designed film posters for the Central Film Rental from 1959 to 1989. The collection of Terry’s Posters contains around 100 posters of Karel Teissig, too. Besides that, we also have 70 book titles and almost 200 examples of his book illustrations.

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Karel Teissig had studied Painting at the private school of V. Sychra in Mánes building in Prague (during 1943 to 1945). Furthermore, he continued to AVU (Academy of Arts in Prague) under the mentoring of professor V. Nechleba (1945 – 1949). During that time, he also visited Brussels, where he spend a year at the Royal Académie des Beaux Arts (1948; L. Devos).
Both home and foreign appreciation was granted to his creations most importantly in the formo f film and theatre posters, produced usually with the technique of collage and painting (he created approximately 120 of them this way). He was the master of collage in Czechoslovak poster art. He managed this technique perfectly and oscillated from its rough, „bloody“ rendition in the striking posters, such as: Young Törless, Landscape after Battle, What Happened at the Wildberg Castle, Black Jesus – to the delicate, laced collages, from which he sewed dream-like posters to the films such as: Latin Lovers (Le italiane e l’amore), Když má svátek Dominika (When it’s Dominika’s Name Day), Papilio, Opération Léontine. For the French film The Possessors poster, he has won an Toulouse-Latreca award in Paris, 1964. Marginally, he was also dedicated to the theatre posters (National Theatre, Semafor). He designed around 20 of them. In the 60’s, he also graphically edited a magazine called 100+1 Interesting Foreign Fact (together with Milan Kopřiva), where he contributed primarily in 1964 and 1965 with beautiful titles.
He has illustrated more than 150 books.
As an illustrator, he cooperated with the publishers Artia, Melantrich, Odeon, Práce, Vyšehrad, Mladé léta and so on. With his illustrative work, he accompanied an author publication called Prague – Prag (1979,1993).
The techniques used for his illustrations were often combined (scratched technique in nitro pressure, painted collage, pastel, gouache, monotype). In his independent artwork, he used to paint still life, figural compositions and portraits.
Professionally, he has published several books (1982 – About Draughtsmanship. 1986, 1990 – The Techniques of Drawing), contributed about painting to the magazines Listy, Zlatý máj, Bar et Man and others. He also becade a chairman of the Children’s Book Illustrators Club (1990 to 1996) and a member of an international jury at the Bienalle of Illustration in Bratislava (1997). He was a member of the Etapa group, as well.

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Benjamin Klička: Do posledního dechu - Práce; 1948 Benjamin Klička: Do posledního dechu - Práce; 1948 Natalie Lojko: Vichřičné dni - Svobodné slovo; 1960 Natalie Lojko: Vichřičné dni - Svobodné slovo; 1960 W. H. Hudson: Zelený ráj - Lidová demokracie; 1961 W. H. Hudson: Zelený ráj - Lidová demokracie; 1961 L.N.Tolstoj: Hadži Murat - SNDK; 1962  L.N.Tolstoj: Hadži Murat - SNDK; 1962  N.S.Leskov: Lady Macbeth mcenského újezdu - ČS; 1962 N.S.Leskov: Lady Macbeth mcenského újezdu - ČS; 1962 Václav Řezáč: Nástup - ČS; 1962 Václav Řezáč: Nástup - ČS; 1962 Hela Vojanská: Tajemství - Naše vojsko / Živé knihy; 1962 Hela Vojanská: Tajemství - Naše vojsko / Živé knihy; 1962 Helena Hodačová: Hlavou ve hvězdách - Mladá fronta; 1963 Helena Hodačová: Hlavou ve hvězdách - Mladá fronta; 1963 Georgi Markov: Muži - Naše vojsko / Knihovna vojáka; 1964 Georgi Markov: Muži - Naše vojsko / Knihovna vojáka; 1964 E.D.Heyward: Porgy - ČS / Edice ilustrovaných novel; 1964 E.D.Heyward: Porgy - ČS / Edice ilustrovaných novel; 1964 Julian Stryjkowski: Černá růže - Svobodné slovo; 1965 Julian Stryjkowski: Černá růže - Svobodné slovo; 1965 Julian Stryjkowski: Černá růže - Svobodné slovo; 1965 Julian Stryjkowski: Černá růže - Svobodné slovo; 1965 Julian Stryjkowski: Černá růže - Svobodné slovo; 1965 Julian Stryjkowski: Černá růže - Svobodné slovo; 1965 Vladimir Kiseljov: Lupiči v domě - Svět sovětů / DDD; 1966 Vladimir Kiseljov: Lupiči v domě - Svět sovětů / DDD; 1966 Upton Sinclair: Džungle - Svoboda; 1967  Upton Sinclair: Džungle - Svoboda; 1967  Eduard Petiška: Příběhy, na které svítilo slunce - SNDK; 1967 Eduard Petiška: Příběhy, na které svítilo slunce - SNDK; 1967 Eduard Petiška: Hrdinův pátek - ČS; 1968 Eduard Petiška: Hrdinův pátek - ČS; 1968 Brigitta Reimannová: Za zavřenými dveřmi -  Svobodné slovo; 1968 Brigitta Reimannová: Za zavřenými dveřmi - Svobodné slovo; 1968 André Maurois: Rodinný kruh - Práce / Erb bílá řada; 1969 André Maurois: Rodinný kruh - Práce / Erb bílá řada; 1969 Anatolij Vinogradov: Tři barvy doby - Lidové nakladatelství; 1969 Anatolij Vinogradov: Tři barvy doby - Lidové nakladatelství; 1969 Jiří Hejda: Útěk - Melantrich; 1969 Jiří Hejda: Útěk - Melantrich; 1969 I.S.Turgeněv - Otcové a děti - Odeon; 1970 I.S.Turgeněv - Otcové a děti - Odeon; 1970 Eduard Petiška: Příběhy tisíce a jedné noci - Melantrich; 1970 Eduard Petiška: Příběhy tisíce a jedné noci - Melantrich; 1970 Paul Rival: Šest žen Jindřicha VIII - Práce / Erb-bílá řada; 1971 Paul Rival: Šest žen Jindřicha VIII - Práce / Erb-bílá řada; 1971 Mirko Pašek: Sto dvacet krásek - Mladá fronta; 1974  Mirko Pašek: Sto dvacet krásek - Mladá fronta; 1974  G.K.Chesterton: Létající hospoda - Odeon; 1975 G.K.Chesterton: Létající hospoda - Odeon; 1975 Norbert Frýd: Don Juan jde do divadla - Melantrich; 1976 Norbert Frýd: Don Juan jde do divadla - Melantrich; 1976 John Fowles: Francouzova milenka - Mladá fronta; 1976 John Fowles: Francouzova milenka - Mladá fronta; 1976 Astrid Lingrenová: Pippi Dlhá Pančucha - Mladé letá; 1976  Astrid Lingrenová: Pippi Dlhá Pančucha - Mladé letá; 1976  Inge Dreecken: Die Schönsten Sagen - Artia; 1977 Inge Dreecken: Die Schönsten Sagen - Artia; 1977 F.M.Dostojevskij: Chudí lidé / Hráč - Lidové nakladatelství; 1979 F.M.Dostojevskij: Chudí lidé / Hráč - Lidové nakladatelství; 1979 Jan Weiss: Lidé ve zvěrokruhu - Melantrich; 1980 Jan Weiss: Lidé ve zvěrokruhu - Melantrich; 1980 Henri Charrière: Banco - Vyšehrad; 1981 Henri Charrière: Banco - Vyšehrad; 1981 Contes d'Australie et d'Oceanie: Vladimír Reis - Gründ; 1985 Contes d'Australie et d'Oceanie: Vladimír Reis - Gründ; 1985 R.L.Stevenson: Únos-Katriona: Albatros; 1985 R.L.Stevenson: Únos-Katriona: Albatros; 1985 Legendes et contes: Contes Africains - Gründ; 1988 Legendes et contes: Contes Africains - Gründ; 1988 Václav Cibula: Cid a jeho věrní - Albatros; 1989 Václav Cibula: Cid a jeho věrní - Albatros; 1989 Zuzana Ceplová: Půlnoční povídky - Albatros; 1989 Zuzana Ceplová: Půlnoční povídky - Albatros; 1989 Helena Hodačová: Závratný poločas – ČS; 1967 Helena Hodačová: Závratný poločas – ČS; 1967
 

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