Jiri Trnka
● Genre : Art / Illustration
● 2008-07-06

Jiri Trnka (1912-1969) - An excellent illustrator and filmmaker of animated and puppet feature films. He studied at the Applied Arts Academy in Prague and later became the artistic director of the Studio for animated, trick and puppet feature films.

Trnka mastered both, book illustrations and films. For his puppet films, he got more than 50 different awards in Czechoslovakia and abroad (Bajaja, Old Czech Legends, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Good Soldier Schweik).

Trnka illustrated books for Children by Czech and foreign writers, having been interested especially in Classical fairytales (K.J.Erthen, J.S.Kubin, H.Ch.Andersen, Grimm Brothers, Ch.Perrault, oriental fairytales). His subtle and soft style also suites very well the books of poetry for Children (F.Hrubin, V.Nezval, J.Karafiát). Trnka successfully addressed, by his characters, not only many generations of children, but also a number of adults. He has received numerous awards for his contribution to the development of visual culture for children.




Selected Illustrations
MAMINKA @1955
{ Mom }
Written by Jaroslav Seifert
CHARLES PERRAULT POHADKY @ 1960
Translated by Frantisek Hrubin
HALLEYOVA KOMETA @ 1969
Written by Jaroslav Seifert
LET'S TELL A FAIRY TALE
Written by Frantisek Hrubin
FOLK & FAIRY TALES FROM BOHEMIA
Written by Jiri Horak & Jane Carruth
FAVOURITE TALES FROM GRIMM & ANDERSEN
THE FIREFLIES
Written by Max Bolliger