Prague: Veraikon, 1920. Original portfolio (28 × 25 cm), with lithographed title, colophon, and ten lithographs on separate leaves, with protective calques. Blind-embossed title label affixed to front wrapper. Portfolio lightly worn, with small loss to lower spine and old tape repair to spine; contents very good or better. Item #4370
Unrecorded portfolio of ten striking lithographs by Adámek, a theosophical and mystic painter and graphic artist who participated in the Sursum Art Association, which defined itself as expressly anti-realist and concerned with "spiritual and cultist" concerns. Among its other members were Emil Pacovský, Josef Váchal, Jan Konůpek, Jan Zrzavý, Rudolf Medek. The Czech critic Gustav Jaroš considered this lithographed cycle not only to be Adámek's most important work, but saw it as unique in Czech art for its imaginative immediacy; he coined the term "soulpainting" (dušemalba) to describe it. Adámek's ethereal drawings carry titles such as "The soul's awakening" and "Approaching the mysterium." Not located in KVK, OCLC. Not at the Czech National Library.