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The painter, etcher and lithographer Emil Orlik was born on 21st July 1870 in Prague. He studied art in Munich under Heinrich Knirr, Wilhelm Lindenschmidt, and Johann Leonard Raab, also working as an illustrator for the art magazine PAN, as a theater set designer, book designer and poster designer. Orlik traveled extensively, including a visit to Japan in 1900, where he studied various techniques such as woodblock carving, and he then helped to revive color woodblock printing in Europe. In 1905, Emil Orlik moved to Berlin and took a post at the School for Graphic and Book Art of the Museum of Decorative Arts where he worked until his retirement in 1930. Other notable travels include his trip to Egypt, Nubia, China, Korea, Japan and Siberia in 1911, and his trip to New York City in 1924. Portrait commissions and graphic work kept him busy till his death in Berlin on 28th September 1932.

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Orlik, Emil: Small head, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.714.