Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rihard Jakopic

The Green Veil
Date     1915
oil on canvas
132.3 × 102.5 cm
location unknown

Rihard Jakopic (1869-1943) was a Slovene painter. He was the leading Slovene Impressionist painter, patron of arts and theoretician. Together with Matej Sternen, Matija Jama and Ivan Grohar, he is considered the pioneer of Slovene impressionist painting.

He was born in Krakovo, a suburb of Ljubljana, the capital of Carniola in the Austria-Hungary, now Slovenia. His father was a well-situated tradesman with agricultural goods. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Art School in Munich, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In Ljubljana, he established the "Slovene School of Impressionist Drawing and Painting", the predecessor of the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Ljubljana. He also built a pavilion in the Tivoli Park in Ljubljana, known as The Jakopi? Pavilion. The pavilion became the central venue for art exhibitions in the Slovene Lands at the time. He was one of the early members of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts founded in 1938 and an iniciator for the foundation of the National Gallery of Slovenia. Over 1200 paintings and 650 drawings by him have been preserved.