CROATIAN MODERN PAINTING - MIROSLAV KRALJEVIĆ, Self-portrait, 1912
Born and grown up in a family of wealthy Slavonian noblemen, Kraljević attended the best schools since his early days and received instruction in drawing from excellent teachers. In barely two years in Paris, Kraljević painted several anthological works of Croatian modern painting.
The life story of Juraj Plančić and his painter’s opus are marvellous, not only for the speed of the author’s transformation from a poor islander and fisherman’s son to an intellectual of francophone culture and a citizen of Paris, but also on account of the painter’s unyielding break through from the provincial restraint to the European openness and success in the centre of the artistic world at that time.
In this necessarily short review of Miše’s opus what only remains is to conclude that the dichotomy of his painting procedure is the sign of freedom of the painter who neither gives up his immediate inspiration, nor agrees to a style that would be a stylization or mannerism, even at the price of losing the epithet of a progressive painter.
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