Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Mikulaš Aleš

Dušičky, the holiday of the dead, is upon us. Each year, Czechs visit the graves of family members and the famous, and place wreaths, flowers, and candles on the graves or in the immediate area. While technically this is a one-day holiday, the work schedule of the modern Czech causes many people to do their grave-visiting the weekend before the holiday, causing the display to be spread out over at least a week.
I took this photo of the grave of nineteenth-century artist Mikulaš Aleš after Dušičky last year. Aleš was known for his pen-and-ink illustrations of national themes, and also decorated the outsides of various buildings with handsome murals. (It was my intention to show an example or two, but Blogger refused to cooperate.)


Blogger Kristen said...

Yes, happy belated All-Saints!

November 02, 2006 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ales illustrated a cimbalom poem and the lyrics to what some claim was the first polka. He definitely deserved a candle or two.

November 09, 2006 1:03 AM  

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