Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Miroslav Kraljevic

Self-portrait with a dog
oil on canvas
110 × 85 cm
Modern Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

Miroslav Kraljevic (1885-1913) was a Croatian painter, printmaker and sculptor, active in the early part of the 20th century. He is one of the founders of modern art in Croatia.

He loved poetry and music. In 1904, he left for Vienna. There, in addition to studying law, he took painting lessons privately. After two years he gave up the study of law and devoted himself to painting. He studied painting at the prestigious Academy of Arts.

He painted in many different styles, including Impressionism, Pointillism and Expressionism. He also became known for his drawings of grotesque or erotic characters, in a similar way to Aubrey Beardsley, and for his sculptures. Working in a variety of media, he used almost every painting and drawing technique in his portraits, figures, still lifes, animals and landscapes.

In 1912, he went to Zagreb and rented a studio, where he continued to paint until the end of 1913. Then he went to a sanatorium in Berstovca for treatment of tuberculosis. After two months, he left the hospital to return to Zagreb, where he died two days later. He was only 27 years old.