Happy Birthday, Josef Lada!
A Czech Christmas wouldn't be complete without Josef Lada's simply drawn carolers, snow-covered villages and nativity scenes. Josef Lada was born on December 17, 1887, in Hrusice. He was a Czech painter and writer and best known as the illustrator of Jaroslav Hašek's WWI novel The Good Soldier Švejk. He produced nearly 600 cartoons of the Švejk characters, depicting Austria-Hungary officers and civil servants as incompetent, abusive and often drunk. Josef Lada Born in the small village of…
Down the rabbit hole: Josef Lada, costumes and Czech fairy tale movies
I have a tendency to go down rabbit holes while browsing online. It starts off with me searching for a song, a recipe, a moment in history - you name it. Then, a connected thread in something I'm researching will take me down a tangential path, and that might lead yet to another, and suddenly severa