Jan Kudláček, 89, in Nov. 2017 (Czech painter/illustrator & HCAA nominee)
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2018-04-30 17:51:08 UTC
He was nominated at least once for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, I believe, in 1990. (The Czechs and the Germans are typically the best when it comes to juvenile illustration.)

At least three books are available in English:

Julian in the Autumn Woods, by Milena Lukesova, 1978
("A little boy discovers many things about nature while walking in the woods." "While looking for chestnuts in the autumn woods a young boy sees acorns dancing with berries.")

The Little Girl and the Rain, by Milena Lukesova, 1978
("A little girl finds the rain to be a benevolent playmate.")

At the End of the Rainbow: Legends of the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars (Retold by) Jiri Serych, 1984

(at least one obit - it can be translated - plus a 2013 video and his website)

First paragraphs from one obit:

Painter and graphic artist, born on 3 September 1928 in Dolní Dubňany near Moravský Krumlov. This dreamy landscape of three rivers was home to Czech poets Otokar Březina, Vítězslav Nezval and Jakub Deml, Alfons Mucha was born in nearby Ivančice. Jan Kudláček experiences childhood in his native village and in Moravský Krumlov, after the occupation of this town by Hitler's troops, however, the boy and his family leave for Prague. From 1945 to 1949 he studied at the State Graphic School in Prague. Here are his teachers Petr Dilinger, Karel Müller and Rudolf Beneš. Later, from 1949 to 1950, he studies the history of art at Charles University. From 1950 to 1957 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with prof. Vlastimil Rada and graduated with prof. Vratislava Nechleby.

It deals with painting, graphics and used graphics, but the focus of his work lies in illustration, especially in the illustration of children's books. He has also been awarded numerous awards at home and abroad. He has participated in dozens of domestic and foreign exhibitions...

(some B&W drawings)

(colored illustrations)

(some book covers)

(more book covers)

(stills from his films - some look like Puppettoons)

2018-04-30 18:13:35 UTC
(better translation of one page!)