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Jan Dedina (September 1, 1870 Straky u Nymburk - January 16, 1955 in Semily) - painter, draftsman, illustrator


He studied at the Secondary Continuing School for Industrialists and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where he studied under Frantisek Zenisek. He studied sculpture under J. V. Myslbek. He studied painting under Max Pirner at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1889 he was drafted and after many postponements enlisted in 1894 for military service. After six months of service he deserted to Italy, in 1895 he came to Paris, where his brother Václav lived as a military deserter. He stayed in Paris for fifteen years. In the beginning he began to cooperate with the Hungarian painter M. Munkacsy. Then he started to make his living by illustration, especially for Monde illustré, Revue du Bien and satirical L'Assiette au Beurre, where in 1903 he owned a whole issue in which he published drawings on various types of flirting. His veristic drawings were very popular. He designed posters that served as advertising and were also a source of his income. He exhibited at the Paris Salon, in 1903 he was accepted as a member of the Salon. The president of the Salon was the painter Albert Besnard, who subsequently offered him joint work on ceiling painting at the Small Palace on the Champs Elyseés and on the main ceiling at the Theater of French Comedy. He also worked as a book illustrator.
Solo exhibitions:
1930 - Prague, Comprehensive Work, 1940 - Prague (shared with son Jaroslav).
Prices
1900 - Paris, Honorary Prize at the World Construction for a portrait

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