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George Kuthan Collection
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- Graphic material
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- Kuthan, George
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George Kuthan was born in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia in 1916. He was a medical student at the University of Prague when the Nazis closed it in 1939. It was at this time that he turned his attention to art, which he studied at Prague’s School of Decorative Arts.
In 1947 he went to Paris on a French government scholarship and attended the graphic studio at the Ecole des Beaux Arts until 1950 when he immigrated to Canada and was introduced to Robert Reid for whom he illustrated several books.
His interest in nature is one of the several aspects of his work. As a graphic artist he illustrated books, Christmas cards and other materials using printing methods such as etching, wood-engraving, and lino-cutting.
He held numerous one-man graphic shows, including at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. His engravings have appeared in many publications such as Kuthan's Menagerie of Interesting Zoo Animals (1960), Vancouver: Sights and Visions (1962), Aphrodite's Cup (1964), and Scenes from Snowbound (1970).
The records have been in the custody of Simon Fraser University Library, Special Collections and Rare Books since 2010.
Scope and content
This collection consists of pen and brush drawings based on the flora (fungi, wildflowers, trees) and fauna (butterflies, owls, foxes, birds, and insects) of British Columbia. The representations are from different locations in B.C.: Bridge River, Williams Lake, Manning Park, and Vancouver. The records have been arranged in the following five series: Wildflowers of British Columbia: Bridge River (1959); Wildflowers of British Columbia: Williams Lake (1959); Wildflowers of British Columbia: Manning Park (1959); Wildflowers of British Columbia: Vancouver (1959); and Wildflowers of British Columbia: General (1959).
Immediate source of acquisition
The records were acquired from Aquila Books (Calgary, AB) in March 2010.
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Records in this collection are under copyright. Researchers are required to secure permission from the copyright holders for use of this material, except for that covered by “fair-dealing.”
Item list is available.
Additional records may be found in the George Kuthan fonds at the University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections Division.
No further accruals are expected.
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- Kuthan, George (Subject)
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Created May 8, 2014 LZ
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