Friday, September 12, 2014

Vladimir Becic

Figure of a girl
oil on canvas
61.4 x 46.5 cm
other detail unknown

Vladimir Becic (1886-1954) was a Croatian painter, born in Slavonski Brod, best known for his early work in Munich, which had a strong influence on the direction of modern art in Croatia.

He initially studied law in Zagreb. In 1905, he gave up his law studies for art, moving to Munich where he studied painting at the prestigious Academy of Arts. After Munich, he spent 2 years studying and working in Paris before returning to Zagreb in 1910.

During the First World War, he was a war correspondent and artist for the magazine "L'Illustration" on the Salonika front, creating a series of images of the soldiers and the wounded. Following the end of the war, from 1919 to 1923, he spent time in a village near Sarajevo, producing a series of oils and watercolours of landscapes, peasants and shepherds that show an increasingly mature style of tonal painting using colour forms for rounded volume and space. He then moved back to Zagreb, where he taught as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts. He became a member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts from 1934.