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Koloman Sokol: Toward the Goal (The Miners)
1931, wood engraving, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava

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Martin Činovský
Josef Herčík
October 15, 1997
Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague
Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Motif:  Koloman Sokol, The Paralytic, 1939
FDC Engraving:  Josef Herčík
Cancellation Design:  Jozef Baláž
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10 000

Painter and graphic artist Koloman Sokol - born in Liptovský Mikuláš on 12th December, 1902 - is one of Slovakia's leading 20thcentury exponents of graphic art, a discipline in which he was also founder of a distinct interwar tradition.

Sokol attended the private schools of Eugen Krón in Košice and Gustáv Mallý in Bratislava and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where he studied under Max Švabinský and T.F. Šimon. Following a period of study with František Kupka in Paris he accepted an invitation from the Mexican Ministry of Culture and Education to teach graphic art at the school of book art and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Sokol left for the United States in 1942 and in the years 1946 and 1947 taught at the department of drawing and painting at the Slovak Technical College and at the Faculty of Education of Comenius University, both in Bratislava. Since 1949 he has lived in Bryn Mawr near Philadelphia in the USA.

His works are characterised by dynamism and expressive use of graphic techniques - notably wood engraving and etching - and are informed by social criticism and a visionary imagination.

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