Josef Lada

Josef Lada

1887 – 1957

Josef Lada was born on 17 December 1887 in Hrusinec and died on 14 December 1957 in Prague.
Josef Lada was a Czech painter, illustrator and writer. Josef Lada was born in the family of a shoemaker in Hrusice. In and around Hrusice also drew a number of themes of his paintings. At 14 he went to Prague to be taught painter and theatrical scenery. The drawing was a self-taught, he gradually developed a distinctive style with a typical strong lines and rounded shapes of the characters. He worked as a cartoonist, illustrator and writer as well. In addition to many stories and books for children, which he wrote (one of the most famous cat and Mikes About Auntie Fox), illustrated in particular The Good Soldier Svejk During the World War (1339 to Schweik drew drawings) and other books by Jaroslav Hasek, the Tyrolean Elegies , King Lavra and epigrams from Karel Havlicek Borovsky, Erben and Drdovy stories and more. He was also the author of expeditions, scenes and costumes for theater and operas, reported the National Theatre and the main designer of the successful Czech film directed by Josef Mach Playing with the Devil, 1956, filmed under the same fabulous plays Jan Drda.
In the visual arts Lada created about 400 free pictures and some 15,000 illustrations. Lada's illustrations inspired by the Czech poet Jaroslav Seifert to write poetry and Star Boy (1956). The collection is essentially a picturesque verbal accompaniment to a friend malířovým images.
Lada has become, along with Capek, Nezval Vančura and one of the founders of the so-called "modern fairy tale" in Czech literature and received for their work in 1947 title of National Artist.
Josef Lada was married. His daughter Alena Lada (1925-1992) was also an illustrator and painter. About his father wrote the book My dad Josef Lada which was issued over 9,000 copies in the book were also used illustrations from other works of Lada.