FRANZ CISEK (Austrian / 1865-?)

Franz Cisek was a member of the Wiener Sezession group. He is remembered now as an inspirational art teacher. It was Franz Cisek who invented the linocut as a cheap and relatively easy way of making relief prints. Our prints - both linocuts and woodcuts - are not by Cisek himself, but by students in his youth class at the Wiener Kunstgewerbeschule, where he was employed by the director, the artist Felician Myrbach. These extraordinarily accomplished works are all the more remarkable in that none of the artists - not even Ine Probst or Gretl Hanus - appear to have taken up art as a career. They are testimony to a figure is important in the development of art education as Herbert Read, Marion Richardson, or Viktor Lowenfeld. Eric Spicer has kindly provided me with the following information on Franz Cisek's youth class: "A collection of prints by Cizek's students is held in the National Arts Education Archive, Bretton Hall, Leeds University. The collection comprises 104 works, which were given by Cizek to Francesca Wilson. In addition, the Vienna Museum holds the plates and copies of work by various Cizek pupils. Dr Rolf Laven of the Vienna Museum is currently working on the Cizek Collection, which comprises over 90,000 artworks from this famous art class. Dr Laven told me that Gretl Hanus was born 22.04.1904 in Fiume/Hungary and died 09 February 1993 in Vienna/Austria, and attended the class from 1913/14 until 1921/22." Gretl Hanus therefore attended Cisek's class from the age of 9 to the age of 18, executing our two masterly wood engravings at the age of 15-16.

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Selected prints by FRANZ CISEK

(Beer garden), 1922

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