Karel Svolinský (January 14, 1896 – September 16, 1986) was a significant Czech painter, printmaker, illustrator, typographer, stage designer and university lecturer. Today’s post is Winter by Karel Svolinský in 1948 and it is in honor of the weather getting cooler and December’s 1st day.
I mean, look at this precious set of 10 original lithographed postcards printed in 4 simple colors.
They are just lovely, wouldn’t you agree?
Karel created these in 1948 and to me they look both old and new.
I love how they illustrate some of the Czech folk art traditions of the Winter Solstice holidays.
The maidens are quickly moving with the foods.
The fruits and nuts have been hung outside the window to feed our little friends in nature who may otherwise have a difficult time finding food in the snow.
The holiday decorations are being made by the grandmothers and children.
Apples, pears, nuts and berries fill desserts with their sweet aromas filling the entire house.
The men assist too, carrying heavy loaves of bread and fresh Kapr (Carp) for the holiday meal.
If it were 1948 and we were living in the Czech countryside, these are the scenes we’d be living and the traditions we’d keep.
It may be 50+ years later, but we still hold many Czech traditions in our home, mostly based around music, food and stories…
Winter is upon us.
Take this quieter time to enjoy that which matters most, family and your loved ones.
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