Helena Zmatlíková

Helena Zmatlíková (19 November 1923, Prague – 4 April 2005, Prague) was a Czech illustrator, especially of children's books. For her works she received numerous awards. She also participated in the 1958 World Exhibition.


Zmatlikova's paintings, which appeared in books published all over the world in more than 20 languages, have been popular with children for decades. The best known of these include:

Personal lifeEdit

Her nephew is Pavel Rychetsky, a lawyer and politician. Her son Ivan Zmatlík was married to the actress Kateřina Macháčková [cs], with whom he has a daughter, Helena.

She was buried at the Vyšehrad Cemetery in Prague.


On November 19, 2013, Google celebrated her 90th birthday with a Google Doodle.[1]


  1. ^ "Helena Zmatlíková's 90th Birthday". Google. 19 November 2013.

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