Ludvík Kuba

Czech landscape painter, musician and writer (b. 4/16 April 1863 in Poděbrady; d. 30 November 1956 in Prague).

In his youth Kuba showed a talent for music and drawing, and was well-schooled in the arts. He studied at the Prague Organ School (1877–79), Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1891–1893), the Académie Julian in Paris (1893–1895), and at the school of Anton Ažbe in Munich (1896–1904). During the 1880s he also taught as a village schoolmaster. He then devoted his life to painting, and folk traditions, becoming a collector of folksongs, for which he received an honorary doctorate from Prague University in 1936, and was declared a National Artist in 1945.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

3 letters from Tchaikovsky to Ludvík Kuba have survived, dating from 1888 to 1892:

2 letters from Kuba to Tchaikovsky, dating from 1888, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.


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