Heinrich Kautsch was born in 1859 in Prague, Czechia, where he studied art. He also studied in Vienna under Stefan Schwartz and König among others. He exhibited at major exhibitions of the time in the following cities: Paris (1900); Saint Louis (1904); Düsseldorf (1904); Liege (1905); and Brussels (1910). He became professor at the Imperial School of Decorative Arts in Prague in 1882. Besides medallic works he was commissioned to do a number of other sculptural works including portrait busts and funeral monuments. He eventually settled and worked in Paris for a quarter century beginning in 1889. At the ANS expo of contemporary medallic art in New York in 1910 he exhibited twenty-nine pieces. Kautsch was key in spreading the Art Nouveau culture in major European cities, like Paris, Prague and Vienna. He died in Vienna in 1943.