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.
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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.'