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Josef Kotzian

1889-1960 (CZECHOSLOVAKIA)

OSTRAVIAN DESIGNER AND MACHINIST WHOSE PRECISELY-DATED DRAWINGS FORM A MONOCHROMATIC COMPENDIUM OF OTHER-WORLDLY BOTANY. WITH EVERY DRAWING RENDERED IN ASTONISHING DETAIL, IT WAS THE REFINED PRECISION OF EACH PENCIL STROKE WHICH BOLSTERED KOTZIAN’S REPUTATION. HE EVENTUALLY ADOPTED THE PEN-NAME SOLFERINO AND WENT ON TO BECOME A FIGUREHEAD FOR SPIRITUALIST ART, WITH WORKS EXHIBITED INTERNATIONALLY AND A LASTING INFLUENCE ON SUBSEQUENT MEDIUMISTIC ARTMAKERS.

The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and The Cosmic Tree, Camden Art Centre (London) 2020
The Medium's Medium
, The Gallery of Everything (London) 2019

Art Brut in the Czech Republic, origin unknown