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Bukovac, Vlaho FaggioniDate of birth and death: 1855-1922 Uploaded artworks: 20
Vlaho Bukovac (Italian: Biagio Faggioni; 5 July 1855 – 23 April 1922) was a Italian and Austro-Hungarian painter.Born as Biagio Faggioni.
Bukovac was born as Biagio Faggioni in the town of Cavtat south of Dubrovnik in Dalmatia. His father was an Italian from Genoa,while mother was Dalmatinian.
Bukovac received his artistic education in Paris where he was sent by the patron (Knez) Medo PuciÄ‡. 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. He painted in the spirit of embellished, "sweetened" realism and achieved great success at the Salons, at that time the place of the greatest review of works related to the arts. By following the artistic fashion of the public, he imbued it predominantly with his themes. Temporary destinations during his sojourn in France were England and the warm coast of Dalmatia where he was born. Otherwise, he was open to the world, including voyages to the Black Sea, as well as South (Chile and Peru) and North America.
Besides being an artist who followed the established canons dictated by the Salon and the general public, there was another Bukovac who followed his own inner impulses of artistic creation. Liberated artistic expression, which was called Impressionism, developed in the spirit of the artists who kept gathering in modernism-oriented marginal galleries in Paris in the 1870s. He knew the spirit of academism and, on the other hand, he felt the spirit of Impressionistic freedom. Having accepted modern principles, Bukovac painted casual pictures, using liberated strokes of the brush, in the pointillist technique.
In the 1880s he moved to Belgrade, where he worked for the King of Serbia.
Vlaho Bukovac died in Prague.
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