Although Lada is most famous for his illustrations of Jaroslav Hašek’s novel The Good Soldier Švejk, he also painted multiple Christmas cards and holiday illustrations between the years 1918 and 1938.
Most of his holiday themed artworks depict charming Czech villages in the midst of winter, snowcapped and calm. Characterized by pastel cottages, Czech villagers, and small smoking chimneys, these works evoke a feeling of warmth and nostalgia.
Lada uses a pale color palette in most of his holiday illustrations. This results in paintings which appear light and frosty. In his Christmas cards flurries of snowflakes pour down like white tinsel and children play in the snow, building snowmen or pulling miniature sleds, while gingerbread-like houses stand neatly in the background, snow covering their roofs like fondant.
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