Christmas - Nativity Scene by Josef Lada
|Date of issue||7. 11. 2007|
|Face value||7.5 CZK|
|Size of picture||23 x 30 mm|
|Graphic designer||Otakar Karlas|
Czech Christmas without picture cards with Josef Lada's illustrations could hardly be called Czech. His pictures became a symbol not only of idyllic Christmas but also of Czech village. This year's Christmas correspondence can be further decorated with the postage stamp featuring the crib by Lada. J. Lada (1887-1957), graphic designer and writer, is likely the most famous and most popular Czech painter. He used to be described as the "poet of landscape". His style resumed the drawing tradition of the 19th century, especially the work by M. Aleš. Lada's works followed a way from the Art Nouveau morphology to a distinctive expression based on a fixed continuous line of square concept. His illustrations of Hašek's book "Adventures of the Brave Soldier Švejk", J. Seifert's poems, J. Mahen's tales are unforgetable. Equally famous are his settings of theatre plays and movies, e.g. Drda's "Hrátky s certem". Located in his native village Hrusice nearby Senohraby, which most of all inspired Lada's works, is a monument and museum dedicated to his life and work. It is the time before Christmas which reminds us of the anniversary of Lada's birth and also his death.
rotary recess print in black combined with photogravure in bluegreen, red, yellow and light blue