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✿ Vlaho BUKOVAC (1855-1922) ✿

'Comincia con te
il paradisiaco pensiero
Guardami...
se finalmente mi guarderai un giorno

Parlami
Amami
dipingimi ancora
col sapore dell'infinito...' 

~ Catherine La Rose ~
tratto da "Mentre le stelle stanno a guardare"
http://catherinelarose.blogspot.com/2012/03/mentre-le-stelle-stanno-guardare.html
Risveglio, 1908
Semi-nudo femminile, 1922
(A Flower) Une Fleur - Reclining Nude, 1900
(A Flower) Une Fleur - Reclining Nude, 1900 (detail)
Queen of life, 1915 (detail)
Queen of life, 1915
The Fall of Icarus, 1898
Magdalena, 1898

Andromeda, before 1918
Adam and Eve, 1885


Nude beauty in a garden,  1900
Nudo femminile, 1890
Roza wide, 1900

(Dream) Sogno, 1903

Nudo d'uomo, 1921
White slave, 1884
Marmo torso,  1880
Girl with headscarf, 1918
Ljeto, 1898

Roza wide, 1900
La Grande Iza, 1882 (detail)
Koketa, 1908
On the shore, 1900
In the bath,  1908
Nude, 1900
Turkish Women in Harem, c. 1877 (detail)
Turkish Women in Harem, c. 1877
The Fall of Icarus, 1898
Daedalus and Icarus, 1898
Andromeda
Spring, 1898
The bather, 1917
Reclining Nude, 1897
Nude with a bunch of flowers
Gundulic's Dream, 1894
Nudo allo specchio, 1914
Studio di Icaro


In the boudoir
The Toast, 1900
The Pharaoh's Favorite
Mythological Scene with Huntress by the Sea, copy after Francois Boucher
La Grande Iza, 1882 (detail)
La Grande Iza, 1882 (detail)
La Grande Iza, 1882
Gundulic's Dream, 1894
An Allegory
Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922) was a Croatian painter. His life and work were eclectic, for the artist pursued his career in a variety of locales and his style changed greatly over the course of that career. He is probably best known for his 1887 nude Une fleur (A Flower), which he created during his French period and which received attention in various reviews and publications during his lifetime.Was born as Biagio Faggioni in the town of Cavtat south of Dubrovnik in Dalmatia. His father was an Italian from Genoa, while his mother was of Croatian descent 
He showed inclination to drawing in his early childhood, but because of his family's poverty he could not continue his education. At the age of eleven his uncle took him to the United States, where he spent four hard years. His uncle soon died. In 1871, he returned to Dubrovnik and embarked as an apprentice on a merchant ship that sailed on regular line Istanbul- Odessa-Liverpool.
In 1873 he went to Latin America, where he worked as a letter drawer in a coach factory in Peru. Three years later he returned to Cavtat. He found a sponsor in the person of Medo Pucic, a poet who recommended him to the archbishop Strossmayer, a very famous and influential Croatian at that time. In 1877 he presented Strossmayer the painting Turkinja u haremu (Turkish woman in harem). Thanks to Strossmayer's financial support and his own savings he made it to Paris in 1877, where he entered the École des Beaux Arts. His teacher was Alexandre Cabanel. He finished his education in 1880.
Bukovac appeared in public as a painter on the Salon de Paris in 1878.
Isus prijatelj malenih (Jesus, friend of the little ones) is one of 32 paintings exhibited in the Paris period, where he was exhibiting and working for 16 years. It appeared in the Salon de Paris in 1888, and he was awarded with the Mention Honorable. The rich industrialist Samson Fox bought it for St. Robert's Catholic Church in Harrogate near Leeds, England. Sources say that Fox owned 18 paintings by Bukovac.
In 1888 and 1891 he spent longer periods in England working as a portrait painter. He went through several phases in his artistic work, which differ only in means and techniques, but not in comprehension and mastery of painting.
The Zagreb period (1894-1898) was the most active part of his life. He brought fresh ideas to the artistic colony of the town, but as he was the only Croat artist educated in France he was soon confronted by the advocates of the Vienna and Munich schools. He made the famous curtain for the large paintings made for Croatian National Theatre, Gundulic's Dream and Dubravka. The Cavtat period (1898-1903) is characterized by his searching for a new means of expression and new coloristic solutions.
The Prague period (1903-1922) is characterized by portraits where he concentrated more on coloristic aspects and less on the person painted. He worked there as a professor at the Academy. Bukovac died in Prague on April 23, 1922.
His work comprises about 400 portraits, and more than 150 other paintings and compositions.

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