Posted by: Valentino Radman | December 8, 2010

Ivo Režek, part 2

Calm sea, 1960

I already posted some paintings of Ivo Režek in this blog; those pics were taken at the Zagreb Modern Gallery. I would have liked to post more of his images, but I did not have quality photos. So, here are a couple of scans from the book I came across recently.
Ivo Režek (1898-1979) has been included among the leading realists in the period between two wars and recognized as an artist who remained in touch with his native region, and is in that sense regionalist. However, his unswerving realist orientation has led to unjustified critical neglect (as is the case with many other realists) in the second half of the twentieth century.
He graduated from high school in Varaždin (Croatia), city where he was born. After the WWI in which he was drafted and wounded on the Russian front, Režek continued his studies at the Art Academy in Prague as a student of both Vlaho Bukovac and Franz Thille. He graduated in 1924 with distinction and spent the better part of the following years in Paris, where he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne (1925) and Salon des Tuilleries (1926), and had one man show at the Montparnasse Gallery.In Paris Režek was very close to Andre Derain. Painting in his studio, he naturally shared some thematic and morphological characteristics of the great Frenchman, although he was closer to Picasso’s iconography. In his Paris years Režek also learned the basics of fresco painting, studying with the famous French painter Marcel Lenoir at the Sorbonne. Here are some frescoes he did in the early sixties:



  1. Absolutely beautiful design in those frescoes. He knew perfectly well how to work within the tradition.

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