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Emil Orlik was born Prague on 21st July 1870. He studied art in Germany and Austria. He was a painter, an etcher and lithographer. He worked as an illustrator for the art magazine PAN, as a theater set and costume designer, and he exhibited his works throughout Europe. He also did book and poster design. He traveled extensively, including a visit to Japan where he studied woodblock carving and other techniques. 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. Portrait commissions and graphic work kept him busy till the time of his death from a heart attack in Berlin on 28th September 1932.

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Orlik, Emil: Landscape with palms, Leo Baeck Institute, 86.60.