First Menci Clement Crnčić retrospective for over a quarter century is now open in Zagreb Old Town’s Klovićevi Dvori (Klović Palace) art gallery.
Marking the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth the Klović Palace gallery has mounted a major retrospective, including not just paintings, but also drawings, caricatures, posters, as well as photographs and artifacts from the painters life.
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The exhibition runs through May 8th, 2016. Open Tuesdays through Sundays 11am till 7pm. Free guided tours at 5pm. Tickets are 40 Kuna and can be bought at the door or online.
Menci Clement Crnčić (3 April 1865 – 9 November 1930) was a Croatian painter, printmaker, teacher and museum director. He studied painting and drawing in Vienna and Munich, and trained in graphic arts in Vienna, studying etching and engraving. He was the first artist in the Croatian graphic tradition to abandon a strictly linear style and use tonal variation to create contrasting areas of light and shade.
Crnčić established himself as a marine artist with a series of paintings of the Istrian peninsula and the Adriatic coast, including the exquisite Bonaca (Calm) below. He was one of the founders of the first private painting school in Zagreb, which grew to become part of the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb. He taught there until the end of his life. He became a member of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1919, and was the Director of The Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters from 1920-1928.
Menci Clement Crnčić is among the founders of modern Croatian painting, contributing greatly to its development. He promoted landscape painting, mainly seascapes, using light, colour, and soft strokes in an impressionist style. He was the founder of modern Croatian graphic art, and played an important role in teaching several generations of Croatian painters.