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book spine


hardbound cover with drawing by Miloslav Troup

P1040519This anthology of Czech and Slovak literature contains some fantastic poetry and deserves in my opinion to be read at length. Miloslav Troup (June 30, 1917 Hořovice – February 22, 1993) was a Czech painter.

Troup graduated from high school in Beroun (1935), National School of Graphic Arts in Prague (1937), Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague – studio of Professor Jaroslav Benda (1942), Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris by Professor Brianchona and Desnoyera (1945 -1947, French Government Scholarship).
In the years 1947-1950 he was alone artistically, active in France. He has been exhibited with the group Peintres d’aujour d’hui (Painters today) and Jeune Ecole de Paris (Paris School of Young), and has exhibited at various salons.
In 1950, he returned to Czechoslovakia, where he worked as a member of the Union of Czechoslovak artists since its inception (1990 Artists Union).
He lived in Prague, painting and active in the graphic arts, especially book illustrations. He illustrated more than 160 titles, some of which are up to twelve languages ​​and ten editions (Artia Praha).
He established himself also in the field of  the applied arts. He created the designs for leaded stained glass placed in Prague, Olomouc, Pitino, Ostrava, Martin and Čestice u Volyně.
Tapestries by his designs were woven for Aleš South Bohemian Gallery in Hluboka nad Vltavou and social halls of Old Town Hall in Prague. His design work also included promotional graphics (posters, calendars, tourist guides, catalogs, etc.). Translated from the Czech Wikipedia.

The woman in many drawings seemed to remind me of the New School of Paris paintings by foreign painters working in Paris, and it came as no surprise to read that he exhibited at the exhibitions of the Peintres d’aujourd’hui.

This particular book has some surprising illustrations as shown below.

The choice of poets and writers presented in this 400 page book seems to be very complete, and I certainly would like to post more poetry from it. For now, the poetry by the short lived poet Jiri Wolker, (shown below) is something I would like to share with you today.

Wise words by a very young man that will comfort some during difficult times.