The work of Vojtech Preissig spans a wide range of graphic processes
and styles. His work can best be seen as an evolution beginning with
the Art Nouveau "fin de siecle" style of Alfons Mucha and culminating
in the bold Czech Modernist abstraction of the 1930's. His type and
book designs helped define the Czech graphic arts identity of the
early 20th Century. As an artist
who sought to emulate the Arts and Crafts ideals of William Morris,
Preissig studied various graphic techniques in Paris and thereafter
established a studio in Prague dedicated to all aspects of Book Arts.
His plans did not work out in Prague, and in 1910 he moved to the
US where he lived, worked and taught for twenty years. During this
time, Preissig designed several major books and type faces. From the
type which he designed to the paper which had to be just right, he
was the complete renaissance craftsman/artist. Preissig
had been virtually unknown in the graphics arts world until a recent revival of his work via exhibitions and articles. His work was
inspired, emotional and visionary.