Žena s dopisem, 1945 (Woman with a letter)
Ota Janeček (1919-1996) was a Czech painter, book illustrator, sculptor and designer, having studied graphic design in Prague… with initial influence by Modigliani, he later was inspired by more natural forms especially with plants, many of which have a Klee-like patterning. From 1955-7, he painted a series of quasi-Cubist views of towns and villages, but from 1960, turned more to themes derived from the inner structure of matter (like organisms and cells)… or to the stylised human figure.
Janeček illustrated a large number of books, designed postage stamps, posters, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, and was an artistic adviser on several films, including psychological drama, "Vlčí jáma" ("The Wolf Trap"), directed by Jirí Weiss (1958). Janeček illustrated the script, visually converting the scenarios for screen and later received Honors by international film critics at the Venice Film Festival in '58.