Portrait of Leona Hladik


Creator: Maurice Ingres [1855-19**]
Date: 1913
Dimensions: 18 x 11.5 inches
Date Acquired: 2012-11-01 (This painting appeared on eBay shortly after I purchased the Cavalier)
From Where?: Louisville, Ohio

Leona Hladik Brune was born April 9, 1905 and died February 19, 1975. She was the daughter of Jack and Olga Hladik. Her family came to America from what was then known as Bohemia. Her parents established the J. Hladik Bakery at 4536 Broadway Ave. in Bedford, Ohio. Of course their business specialized in Bohemian pastries.

The family, including Leona’s brother Elmer, resided in an apartment above the bakery. When her father retired they bought a large country home in rural Bedford. After her father passed away Leona stayed on and took care of her mother.

Leona met and married Kale Brune. After her mother passed away Leona designed and had built the home of her dreams. To this day her kitchen would make any chef envious.

Leona enjoyed life to the fullest. She made jewelry. She created decorative eggs in the style of Faberge using the Bohemian garnets and other gems that her family brought to America. She collected glassware including many pieces by Tiffany. A Jack in the Pulpit vase was donated to a New York art museum in her name following her death. She collected doll house sets that were proudly displayed in glass cases in her living room.

Of course, she was an excellent cook. To walk into her house smelling the aroma of concord grape or cheese kuchens baking was wonderful. These were made from the bakery’s recipes.

Leona loved to travel. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was very intelligent being well versed on almost any topic.

Her parents commissioned an artist to paint a portrait of Leona when she was a young girl. I saw this portrait at Aunt Olga’s house and then at Kale and Leona’s house. My father was Leona’s cousin and after her death he brought her portrait in its original frame to our home. – Nancy Paine September 17, 2012.

Born in France in 1855. Ingres studied for several years in Paris with Lefebvre and Leon Cogniet. He then worked in New York, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC before coming to California in 1908 to paint the portraits of the owners of the Potter Hotel in Santa Barbara. After several months he returned to NYC and was a resident there in 1915.

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