Posted by: Valentino Radman | January 30, 2010

Some Croatian Modernists…

First one is Zlatko Šulentić (1893-1971). He was one of the most important successors to the painters from Munich Circle (I’ll cover them in-depth later). He studied in Munich and later in Paris. Šulentić’s career begins with the rise of cubism and expressionism, but he rather quickly decides to follow his own path, gradually developing more subtler palette and refined color harmonies. Šulentić was particularly strong in portraiture, tonally modeled and psychologically charged. He taught at Zagreb Academy of Visual Arts. He wrote a travelogue book  People, places, infiniteness.

Zlatko Šulentić – Man with the Red Beard, 1916 and  Ante, 1958 (click for enlargement)

Marijan Trepše (1897 – 1964)

Trepše was painter, engraver and stage set designer. He studied in Prague and Paris and had participated in all exhibitions of Zagreb Spring Salon (it was an important annual exhibition of Croatian artists) . With Milivoj Uzelac, Vilko Gecan and Vladimir Varlaj he had formed Group of Four. From 1925 on Trepše was stage set designer for Croatian National Theater in Zagreb. The engravings and watercolors he had done at the beginning of his career are outstanding examples of early Croatian expressionism.

Marijan Trepše – Working Woman

Milivoj Uzelac (1897-1977) was, along with  Vilko Gecan and Marijan Trepše,  one of the most important representative of modernist tendencies (particularly expressionism) in Croatian painting.  He started painting very early, at the age of 15.  After enrolling the Zagreb Academy, he very quickly came into conflict with some professors, and quit studying. Uzelac spent WWI years in Prague, along with Gecan who came there in 1918. After returning to Zagreb they both took part in prestigious Zagreb Spring Salon representing most recent tendencies in European art. In 1923 Uzelac went to Paris, where he achieved fame and stayed for the rest of his life.


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