Posted by: Valentino Radman | January 25, 2010

Oton Iveković

Oton Iveković (1869 – 1939) was one of the most popular turn-of- the-century Croatian painters . After graduation from the Vienna Academy of Painting, he went to Munich Academy where he specialized history painting. Iveković later taught at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts. In his commissions and important paintings he had remained faithful to academic realism.

Iveković concerned himself with historical subjects and, to a lesser extent, with religious themes. His historical compositions deals with the turning points of Croatian history and possess patriotic spirit with distinct romantic undertones. Many people in Croatia at the time were familiar with his oeuvre since Iveković’s paintings were widely distributed as color prints. When it comes to Croatian history painting I confess I prefer Medović and Bukovac over Iveković, but when he was at his best, he could stand the comparison with both. I particularly like his drawings and charming watercolours which he produced  in great number during his frequent travels. Unfortunately, I do not have any of those, so I am uploading here the photos that I do have.

The Meeting of Croatian and Hungarian nobles before the battle

This composition above deals with the meeting of Croatian and Hungarian nobles before the battle. I forgot the exact title of the painting. Here are the close ups (click for enlargement):

Unlike the previous photos which were taken at the gallery, the next image is downloaded scan (from the book, I suppose). It is obvious that the colors are off, but I am adding that image here because it was probably the most popular Iveković’s painting at the time – The Coronation of King Tomislav.


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