Self Portrait1899 by Jelica Bukovac Radosavljević

The fact that Ivanka and Jelica were the daughters of the celebrated Vlaho Bukovac, key figure in the development of Croatian modern painting, was a double-edged sword for both of these (women) painters. On the one hand, it was to him they owed their systematic teaching in art from their youth. On the other they were unable until the end of their lives to break free of their father's heritage, and remained more or less bound to academic realism and en plein air painting, totally ignoring the avant-garde movements in the art of the twentieth century.
Art historians have never systematically concerned themselves with the work of the "Bukovac sisters", however much it is clearly the product of talented painters, even, indeed, of the first women students at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts. This is mostly because of the weight of the surname of Bukovac and the comparisons that would have been insisted upon, and that of course would have been to the detriment of the women painters.

This exhibition is endeavouring to take a step towards a revaluation of the oeuvre of the Bukovac sisters, for however much it might be inferior to their father's, their interesting work should certainly not be left at the level of the curiosity.

Jelica Bukovac Radosavljević was born in 1897 in Zagreb. She had received private lessons from her father, Vlaho Bukovac and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from 1921-1924. She interrupted her studies to resume them in 1938-1939. She died in 1967 in Cavtat.
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