Kratohvil, Jovan. Fish. A three-color plaster cut print in black, red and grey-brown. 13 in. x 17 in. on a sheet measuring 17 in. x 20 ½ in. Traces of hinging paper across the top edge, otherwise fine. Jovan Kratohvil was born in Belgrade in 1924 and died there in1998. Kratohvil taught sculpture at the Academy in Belgrade. In 1955, he had been working in graphics only two years. This impression was made from a plaster cut, printed from plaster, and creates the illusion of a relief, showing he skills the artist transferred to a new medium. This powerful image has the “Jesus fish” or Ichthys outlined in black. Kratohvil signed, numbered and dated this plaster cut “119/200” in pencil, “Kratohvil 55.” Ram’s head watermark. IGAS, Series 19, June 1956. Kratohvil, also a sports shooter, competed for Yugoslavia in the 1952 Summer Olympics at Helsinki in the 300 meter rifle event three positions.
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