«Song of Songs» series by Czech artist Kupka

Biblical illustrations «Song of Songs» by Czech artist Frantisek Kupka were bought by the Jewish Museum in Paris for €328,000. 134 illustrations, sold by Antikva Nova Kodl auction house, came from a collector Jiri Waldes, to whom they had been returned after the fall of the communist regime. The collector wanted the «Song of Songs» to be sold to an institution and not a private collector so that they would be accessible to many people.

Kupka spent most of his adult life in Paris. He worked as an illustrator of books and posters and, during his early years in Paris, became known for his satirical drawings for newspapers and magazines. In 1906 he exhibited for the first time at the Salon d’Automne. The artist created the first series of preliminary sketches from 1903 to 1905

The illustrations by Kupka are expected to go on show to the public at the Paris Jewish museum on September 27.

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