O daring formulas and technical experimentation, it makes the book a medium of discussion between artist and public which can be more lively and intense than the often sterile encounter in an art gallery. Wladimir Fuka has made a substantial contribution to this confrontation of the creative illustrator and an alert, open-minded public. He has illustrated important works by over a hundred contemporary authors, among them some of the best-known names of French, German and American literature. A con spicuous feature of his work is a liking for authors and subjects that are concerned less with timeless human problems and an unchanging nature than with man as a citizen of our modern technical and scientific world. Among Fuka's most impressive illustrations are those for the works of Saint-Exupéry. He has also published books that contain series of thematic drawings of his own invention. Behind these illustrations we sense a contemporary mind alive to all the implications of art, literature and particularly music, an artist who is adept at finding striking pictorial formulations for his non-conformist ideas. They are invitations to the reader to pursue the theme broached by the artist and to derive pleasure and advantage therefrom. His most successful work in this respect is Imaginary Portraitswhere it is often less the character of famous men that is evoked than the essence of their work. Individual attributes and symbols, combined in surprising patterns, make identification simple and awaken some of the strange nostalgia of the modular human being for the great and unique personality. A —A - A" - - b vy/y/h,\\S- -i. f 0 •- i v -C - lo-'Afa O r* - "'>-0 4)—10) Imaginary Portraits of sixty-eight well-known musicians, pcx o 'r'n writers, painters, actors, scientists and explorers by Wladimir Fu Zly -> with an introduction by Emanuel Frynta. Published by Artia, Prag 1965. With drawings and paintings, collages using fragments of pho 0 graphs and other reproductions, Fuka has here created pictorial puz^ *Oa. a that conjure up the individual styles and achievements of the fam; people he portrays. 'A symbol, memento, characteristic attribute] paraphrased quotation, a suggestion or hintsuch are the means which Fuka composes his imaginary and imaginative portraits.' 16

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