Vlaho Bukovac Biography | Oil Paintings
7-5-1855 Cavtat, CRO - 4-23-1922 Prague, CZEBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Vlaho Bukovac was born as Biagio Faggioni in the town of Cavtat south of Dubrovnik in Croatia. His dad was an Italian from Genoa, while his mom was of Croatian descent.
Vlaho Bukovac received his artistic education in Paris where he was sent by his benefactor Medo Pucic. His small studies and sketches delighted his professor, the well-known Alexandre Cabanel, and Bukovac became a student at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts.
Bukovac started his career in France. Painted in a "sugary" realistic style, his elegant works of art achieved great success at the Paris Salon. During his stay in France, he ventured out to England and the shore of Dalmatia. His wide travels throughout his life also included voyages to the Black Sea, Chile, Peru, and North America.
He learns English when living in America as a teenager and, from the mid-1880s to the First World War, frequently visited England, where many of his most famous pictures were sold.
Bukovac became a significant representative of fine arts in Zagreb, Croatia from 1893 to 1897, carrying with him the soul of French art. These new directives are most obvious in his landscapes. He at that point started utilizing a palette of lively and lighter colors using free brushstrokes, delicate rendering and the introduction of light on the painting canvas.
His departure from Prague brought about an entire change of personality for Bukovac. He felt fulfillment and enthusiasm in Zagreb that he had not felt in a while, and began to devote all his energy to his new students, one of which was Croatian painter Mirko Racki. It was in this time he introduced pointillism to the Prague Academy and earned his historical reputation as a superb teacher.
Besides being an artist who followed the established standards dictated by the Salon and the general public, he followed his own inner driving forces of masterful creation. He knew the spirit of Academism and, on the other hand, he felt the spirit of the new Impressionistic freedom. Vlaho Bukovac's painting Une Fleur sold at auction in London in 2006 for $200,000. The auction house identified the painting as Reclining Nude.
Art Movement: Impressionism.
Artists Influencing Bukovac: Alexandre Cabanel.
He Traveled To France, England, Chile, Peru, USA, Czech.
Painters Vlaho Bukovac Influenced: Mirko Racki.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist.