About the painter

Parents taking a walk

An internationally acknowledged naïve painter. Represented in Gallery of Fine Arts in Litomerice, The Prague City Gallery, Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, Stare Hrady castle, and with many private collectors.

Ludmila Pokorná was born in 1904 in Dresden to Czech parents. She started as a dancer in Dresden opera, in Max Reinhardt productions among others. She had to stop due to a knee injury and devoted herself to playing piano concerts.

She met with German interwar avant-garde (Paul Klee, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Fritz Löffler and Vladimir Clementis). In mid-twenties, the family returned to Czech Republic, where Ludmila lost her artistic contacts. She took care of her family, and married after her parents died.

She spent World War II in Prague. She engaged in wholesale stationery, allowing her to support her family members and other concentration camps victims.

She devoted herself to painting since the mid-fifties. During the last twenty-five years of her life she created several hundreds of oil paintings and color graphics with broad inspiration range. From the childishly naïve view of her childhood and family life, through biblical, ancient and exotic themes and portrait painting, to abstract paintings of riotous colors, all that we can find in her work.

She was exhibiting her paintings in Czechoslovakia and abroad since the early 1960s. The era of increasing interest in her paintings culminated in the large comprehensive exhibition at the Old Town Hall in Prague in summer 1969. The communist regime stopped her from further exhibitions.

She died in 1979.