Monday, February 25, 2019

Josef Čapek

Josef Čapek (23 March 1887 - April 1945) was a well known Czech artist.  He was best known as a painter but he was also a gifted writer and poet.  He even invented the word "robot" which his younger brother Karel Čapek introduced to literature.

Letadlo (1929)
He was born in Hronov in Bohemia.  As a painter he was from the Cubist school but eventually developed his own minimalist style.

He was critical of Hitler and the Nazis and he was arrested after the Germans invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939.  He died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

His Povídání o Pejskovi a Kočičce (All about Doggie and Pussycat) collection of illustrated stories are considered by most to be classics of Czech children's literature.

Out on YouTube I found an animated version of Jak pejsek s kočičkou dělali dort (How Doggie and Pussycat Make a Cake).  It's entirely in Czech but it's not too difficult to figure out what's going on.

©Filmy Český a Zadarmo

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