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Josef Lada

/1887-1957/

josef LadaCzech painter, cartoonist and writer, the creator of the famous tomcat Mikeš and other animal characters, ruthless caricaturist and illustrator of many fairytales, as well as books for adults. Hašek’s good soldier Švejk could not have wished for a better companion and interpreter. Some of Lada’s unforgettable creations include illustrations that accompanied poems by Jaroslav Seifert and fairytales by Jiří Mahen or stage and setting for theatre plays and films, such as “Teasing the Devil” according to Jan Drda. Josef Lada was a poet, yet also a humorist. He was a poet of the landscape surrounding his birthplace Hrusice and we are all familiar with Lada’s countryside thanks to pictures we have come across frequently since very early childhood. .

Hills and slopes covered in green forest, the Sázava river, small village churches and ruins of old castles. Perhaps this romantic landscape is home to nymphs, fairies, water sprites and white angels to this day. 
 

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