Emil ORLIK (1870-1932). Lonely Pleasure, ca. 1920. Engraving, covered surface 12,5 x 17,5 cm, the sheet 19 x 26,5 cm. Signed in pencil lower right. A Czechoslovakian painter, engraver, lithographer and illustrator, Orlik was a member of the Vienna Secession (Sezessionsstil), which he left in 1905. Influenced by the art of the Far East, he travelled to Japan, where he stayed until February 1901 to learn the techniques of woodcutting. In 1904, he moved to Vienna. He contributed to the Viennese magazine Ver sacrum. In 1905, he was appointed professor at the Meisterschule für Graphik und Buchgewerbe, a branch of the Berlin University of the Arts. His students included George Grosz, Rolf Hirschland, Hannah Höch, Oskar Nerlinger and Josef Fenneker. In 1906, Orlik became a member of the Berlin Secession and participated in their exhibitions. From 1922 to 1932, he was a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts.