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Karel  Toman

Karel Toman

 (1931 - 2000)

Karel Toman was born in Studená near Jindřichův Hradec. He first studied at the grammar school in Jihlava and then enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague under professors Sychra and Pukl. His wife was Emilie, née Matošková, who in her works often depicted a typical dreamy landscape, in which the image of the tree holds a deep spiritual, magical and healing meaning. Thanks to the profession of his father, the commander of the gendarmerie, he had a close relationship to militaria, drawings relating to the military. But he also illustrated fairy tales, devoted himself to wood engravings and color litographs, specifically to the scenes from Commedia dell´ Arte as an analogy to ancient shopwrights that could be compared to comic - book stories in modern times. Karel Toman´s work is inspired by Gustav Krum and Zdeněk Burian.