r.d. Iv. Kos Praga 1924

IVAN KOS: CAPTIVE

The artistic oeuvre of the Maribor-based painter Ivan Kos consists of portraits, landscapes, still lifes and genre depictions with social motifs, which indicate that he did not consistently followed contemporary artistic trends. Throughout his creative career, the artist remained faithful to Realism, although some of his works also display elements of Expressionism and New Objectivity, which were the dominant artistic trends during his early creative period. Captive was created shortly after his graduation from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. This convincing work of art predicts Kos’ oncoming peak of creativity (Self-portrait, 1926; Girl With an Orange, 1927). The black-haired, bearded man with an exhausted face is in a hopeless situation; the wall behind him and his hands tied behind his back indicate there is no chance of escape. A detailed portrayal of the withered and exhausted body reflects the painter’s skilful watercolour rendering, which requires rapid execution and a high degree of adroitness in the application of detail. The pale skin tone is contrasted with the dark lines of muscle and bone structure of the torso. These vividly express the distress and also the plight of the portrayed captive, which are emphasized through his anxious, distrustful expression and the gloomy gray and blue colours. Despite its realistic outline, the captive subtly reveals his psychological state, which is typical of all Kos’ depictions with social themes. (Barbara Lešnik, in the framework of the Creative Path to Knowledge project, Virtual Legends; The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union from the European Social Fund)

ID

1065/R

Address

CAPTIVE

Authors

IVAN KOS

Materials

paper

Techniques

watercolour

Measurements

- 34 x 22,5 cm

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