AFTER THE RAIN by Les Kouba
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AFTER THE RAIN by Les Kouba is one of his ‘great’ prints. This beautiful rare Pintail Duck print has an image size is 17 1/2″ X 24 1/2″ plus full margins. This rare print was published in 1971 in an edition of only 1000.
This print is pencil signed and numbered by the artist and has the beautiful signature of Les Kouba when he was in his prime period of his life.
There is also a picture of Les Kouba painting his famous print “In Shelter”.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Les was a good man. He was talented and strived hard to create exceptional paintings. He had an extraordinary sense of humor and was really fun to work with and be around. He was also a kind and generous man. As I wrote in one of his epitaphs, “Above all, Kouba was an artist whose first hand knowledge of the images he painted made his art both relatable and believable”.
He did a lot of homework studying and photographing his subject matter and how they lived and survived in their environment. This is why they so often tell a story or provide a nostalgic memory.
I always like the words he used describing his painting, “By the Country Store”. You have perhaps read this before but the following is ‘Classic Kouba’:
In 1939, Les Kouba was working his way around America painting Coca-Cola signs. Although it was always his final goal to become a wildlife painter,
“I had to pay my dues and obtain basic training wherever I could. The Country Store was a headquarters for the whole community; often including a post-office, a bus depot and a center of activity for the whole community. Just as we now have Classic Coca-Cola, this is a painting in remembrance of vintage Classic America. We share a lament for what we as a people have lost from these earlier times, but as long as the wild geese fly overhead, we can share their faith and hope for the future” .
Through his art, people remember great times and places, and the way it was, before the fast pace and loss of values we frequently experience in present times.