Biography

JosefLada

1887

Born December 17 in Hrusice, a village 30 km from Prague in Posázaví.

1893

He entered the three-grade school, which he finished in 1901.

1901

For one month he studies to be a painter of walls and theatrical scenes in Prague.

1902

He studies to be a bookbinder – gilder, with Mr. Karásek (he was awarded a vocational certificate in 1905), during his work he is acquainted with drawings and paintings by famous Czech painters and illustrators, he reads the works of classic Czech authors. He works in Prague.

After Christmas he painted two portraits for a stage room for an amateur performance of a theatrical play.

1904

The magazine “Máj” prints his first four drawings.

1904 - 1906

He attends evening drawing courses at the School of Applied Arts.

1906

He becomes a good student of the School of Applied Arts, but soon leaves, partly for financial reasons, and because of an unsuitable form of study. He draws for various magazines, but as a student he use different pseudonyms. He illustrates his first children’s book “Pohádka o Honzíčkovi a zlatovlasé Isole”

1907

He meets Jaroslav Hašek, his drawings are printed in many magazines (Besídka malých, Humoristické Listy, Neruda, Svítilna)

1909

He becomes the the editor-in-chief of the comedy magazine “Karikatury”.

1911

He drew and published his first picture book for children “Moje abeceda”, which has since been published 23x. He started to draw animals.

1912

He draws for the satirical magazine “Kopřivy”.

1913

His second children’s book “Kalamajka” is published, with text by Jaroslav Hašek.

1916

He drew for the evening newspaper “Právo lidu”.

1917

“Ladův veselý přírodopis” is published; he redrew this book in 1950 with verses by František Hrubín.

1918

The magazine “Šibeničky” starts coming out, collaboration with many illustrators.

1921

Jaroslav Hašek ordered the drawing of the cover of the spreadsheet edition of “Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka”. This was the only drawing that Hašek saw from all those that Lada made to accompany his work.

1921 - 1940

Contributor to various magazines and newspapers (České slovo, Kvítko z čertovy zahrádky, Lidové noviny, etc.).

1923

He became friends with painter Václav Rabas, in June he married Hana Budějická in Prague after an 18-year acquaintance.

1923 - 1925

He drew 540 black and white drawings with the theme of “Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka”.

1925

In December his daughter Alena was born, later a known illustrator of children’s books.

1925 - 1942

He illustrated more than 110 books for children and adults and the work of Jaroslav Hašek. He also became a writer of children’s books.

1926

First solo exhibition at Mánes in Prague.

1926 - present

Separate, aggregate and collective exhibitions: Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Geneva, Riga, Venice, Rome, Edinburgh,Stockholm, Budapest, Moscow, Sofia – Korea, Vietnam, China, France. Furthermore, in many places in Bohemia and large exhibitions in Prague.

1928

In December his second daughter, Eva, is born.

1930 - 1952

He designed a series of theater sets and costumes for the National Theater, the Vlasta Burian Theater, and other Czech theaters.

1942

He wrote and illustrated a book of memoirs “Kronika mého života”. In October Wolfgang Wolfram von Wolmar, supervising the printing protectorate, forbade reports on drawings made by Josef Lada. He was immediately expelled from the Union of Journalists. Until the end of the occupation his family lived on income from private collectors. He exchanged many of his works for food and other life necessities.

1945

In February his daughter Eva died tragically in the bombing of Prague.

1947

On September 9 he was named a national artist by the Government of the Czechoslovak Republic.

1948 - 1955

Collaboration with film Cartoons, setting for feature films, documentaries about Josef Lada.

1950 - 1957

Collaboration with Publisher of children’s books SNDK (today Albatros). He creates new color illustrations for his books.

1951

In January his wife Hana dies.

1953 - 1954

He drew 226 new color illustrations for the book “Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka”.

1955 - 1957

He works on book illustration, last title: Jan Drda “České pohádky”.

1957

In June he completed his last painting and in July in Hrusice (where he would go for work holiday since 1924) his last drawing.

On December 14 Josef Lada dies in Prague and is buried in the Olšany Cemetery.



Menu

A5_nahled_2