Beauty has three elements: the first is a kind of completeness or perfection, everything that is incomplete is ugly; the second is proper proportion or harmony; the third is bright, so bright colors are recognized as beautiful. ——托·阿奎那--Tor Aquinas


Such a beautiful human body, beautiful oil painting!

 Vlaho Bukovac
(1855–1922)

Vlaho Bukovac was born in Cavtat near Dubrovnik on July 1855, 7.He showed his love for painting in his childhood, but due to family poverty, he could not continue his education.At the age of eleven, his uncle brought him to the United States and stayed there for four years.His uncle passed away soon. In 4, he returned to Dubrovnik and began to work as an apprentice on the regular Istanbul-Odessa-Liverpool merchant ship.


In 1873, he went to Latin America and worked as a mail sender and receiver in a factory in Peru.Three years later, he returned to Cavtat.He found a poet, Medo Pusik (Muco Pucic) Patron, the poet recommended him to Strossmayer, a very famous and influential Croatian archbishop at the time. In 1877, he painted Turkinja u haremu for Strossmayer (Turkish woman in the harem).Thanks to the financial support of Strossmayer, he entered Paris in 1877 and entered the Academy of Fine Arts (Fine arts).His teacher is Alexandre Cabanel.He completed his education in 1880.


In 1878, Bukovac appeared in the public as a painter at the Paris Salon.It was one of the 32 paintings exhibited in Paris at that time. For this reason, he participated in the exhibition and created for 16 years. Appeared at the Paris Salon in 1888 and was awarded the Medal of Honor.This work was taken by the grandson of a wealthy industrialist family, Fox (SamsonFox) Bought it and the source said that Fox owned 18 paintings by Bukovac.

In 1888 and 1891, he worked longer as a portrait painter in England.His art works have gone through several stages, not only differing in methods and techniques, but also having a deeper understanding and mastery of painting.Zagreb period (1894-1898) Is the most active part of his life.He brought fresh ideas to the art colony of the city, but because he was the only educated Croatian artist in France, he quickly became an advocate of the Vienna and Munich schools.He made famous curtains for the Croatian National Theater, Gundulic's Dream and Dubravka's large-scale paintings.During the Cavtat period (1898-1903) Is characterized by looking for new means of expression and new color solutions.


Prague period (1903 – 1922) Characterized by portraits, he pays more attention to color and less attention to painting figures.He served as a professor at the college there.Bukovac died in Prague on April 1922, 4.
His works include about 400 portraits and more than 150 other works.


From 1893 to 1897, he was in Zagreb, where he introduced Europe at the time-mostly the spirit of French art.Later, due to a dispute with the painter and statesman Isi Kr?njavi, he moved back to Cavtat until 1903 when he was called the Prague Academy of Fine Arts (Vytvarnyh Umeni of Akademie) Teaching.A series of famous portraits belong to this period.


Vlajo Bukovak is one of Croatia's outstanding representative painters. In 1897, he founded the Croatian Artists Association, the most contributing painter in the millennium. In 1915, he became a professor of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts.

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