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Oldřich Lajsek (Czech pronunciation: lai•sek) (February 8, 1925 - October 2, 2001) was a Czech painter, designer, graphic artist and teacher of arts. He became a member of the Union of Czechoslovak Creative Artists in 1954. He was the head of an artistic society named The Group of Eight Artists. In 1985, he was awarded the national honor For Excellent Work. During his life, he created over 3000 productions of which more than 1800 went to private collections.
Lajsek was born on February 8, 1925 in Křesetice, a village near Kutná Hora in the central Bohemia (Czechoslovakia) in a merchant family. In 1944, he graduated from a machinery industrial high school in Kutná Hora. During World War II, he took part in a rebellious organization "The Fist", where he fought against the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. After World War II, he moved to Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he worked in the Czechoslovak Union of Industry. Beginning in 1946, he studied at the Charles University in Prague. During this time, Lajsek discovered his artistic talent, and he graduated in 1950. In 1966 he also graduated with degree in economy. Then he worked as a teacher. He was also a professor at the School of Applied Arts in Prague beginning in 1955.
Lajsek achieved success in his artistic career quite early. In 1955, he was accepted into the Štursa society, and later to the VI Center. He took part in a competition for renovation of premises of the National Theatre (Prague). Since 1954, he had been a member of the Union of Czechoslovak Creative Artists. In 1960, he established an artistic society named The Group of Eight Artists, in which he acted as the head. The aims of this society were mainly to set up educational, artistic events in the countryside and to look for new places where various exhibitions might be held. In 1985, he was awarded by the president of republic with the national honor For Excellent Work. He died on October 2, 2001 in Prague, Czech Republic, at the age of 76.
His artistic production was very versatile in genres. He was dedicated to abstract painting, realism, surrealism, etc. But his best known production was landscape-painting. In this respect, he was one of the best-known painters of his period in Czechoslovakia. He inspired himself in his home Central-Bohemian region or in streets of Prague, as well as during his abroad journeys to Greece or Yugoslavia.
- Hořící Lidice (Burning Village of Lidice), 1974;
- Ze Stanice metra (From the Underground Station), 1982;
- Akropolis (Acropolis), 1983;
- Červená krajina (A Red Landscape), 1985;
- Jaro, Léto, Podzim, Zima (The Spring, The Summer, The Autumn, The Winter) (set of paintings), 1985.
- Bílá (A White Colour), 1957;
- Zrcadlo (The Mirror), 1962;
- Modrá (A Blue Colour), 1963.
- Ráno v Praze (A Morning in Prague), 1983;
- Slunečnice (Sunflowers), 1971.
- Smutek (The Sorrow), 1959.
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- Hlaváček, J.: 8 výtvarníků. Galerie ČFVU – Purkyně. Praha: Český fond výtvarných umění, 1960, F 151350.
- Vinter, V.: Krajiny Oldřicha Lajska. Květy, 5. 2. 1987, str. 46-47, ISSN 0023-5649.
- Vinter, V.: Oldřich Lajsek. Praha: Svaz českých výtvarných umělců, 1986.
- Štorkán, K.: Oldřich Lajsek – obrazy. Praha: Podnik českého fondu výtvarných umění, 1981.
- Bibliothek des Kunstgewerbemuseums: http://katalog.upm.cz/cgi-bin/k6?ST=03&L=03&KOD=02&PZ=02&KDE=016&JAK=L&ADR=0019059646
- Online catalogue of paintings of Oldřich Lajsek: http://www.phsoft.cz/lajsek.html
- Galerie výtvarného umění v Ostravě: http://gvuostrava.knihovny.net/katalog/l.dll?cll~9110
- Signatueres of painters: http://www.signaturymaliru.cz/painter/601.php
- Východočeská galerie v Pardubicích: http://www.vcg.cz/databaze.html?kat=1&autor=L&PHPSES...