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JOSEF PALEČEK Czech Illustrator from the 1960’s

October 4, 2012

JOSEF PALEČEK is a Czech artist who studied at the Chair of Arts of the Pedagogical Faculty of Charles University in Prague under Professors Martin Salcman, Cyril Bouda and Karel Lidický. He created many well known books from the 1960’s onwards.

He loves painting drawing, free graphic and illustrations. He has worked with architects, makes tapestry, murals and mobiles. He has created the decor for several animated films and children’s television serials. I like his dreamy Chagall like canvasses with flying figures and enlarged animals.

He has exhibited his pictures in his own country and abroad. (Tokyo, New York, Addis Abeba, Paris, Zurich, Montreal, Munich, Nuremberg, Grevenbroich, Hamburg, Kiel, Vienna, Bologne, Venice, Barcelona, Madrid, Mexico City…)

His books for children have been published by 45 publishers in 27 countries of the world. He has won awards for them in France (Paris 1973, 1974), Germany (Leipzig 1974), Austria (City of Vienna Prize 1972 and 1979, Honourable mention in the competition for the most beautiful book in Austria 1975, 1979, the Austrian State Prize 1989) and Italy (Bologne 1986, Padua 1989).ln Czechoslovakia Josef Paleček won Honourable mentions several times in the competitions for the Most Beautiful Book of the Year and the Prize of the Minister of Culture.

His work has even inspired Moser glassware  to engrave bowls with his Illustrations on them.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2012 9:23 pm

    Beautiful work, I especially like his illustrations for Peter & the Woolf.

  2. October 22, 2013 11:29 pm

    Reblogged this on ひまどり園 and commented:
    Why are his books on so so so expensive?? :((

  3. June 4, 2016 1:17 pm

    I agree with everyone!

  4. September 25, 2021 7:28 pm

    Hello! I have discovered this artist while searching for art I can use. Would you happen to know anything about how I might get permission to utilize his works for a commercial use? TIA!

    • September 28, 2021 9:57 am

      Sorry Tia, you would have to try and contact Josef’s family or publishers for permission. Good luck

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