IVAN KOS: A STREET IN THE MOONLIGHT

After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 1924, Ivan Kos settled in Maribor. Initially, he made a living by drawing portraits of the patients of the dermatology department of the city hospital. Although he became increasingly interested in social issues, A Street in the Moonlight continues his series of watercolour paintings with Prague street motifs. The simplified image of a street with night sky is captured in a fleeting impression, while bleeding watercolours create a sense of softness. Despite indistinct lines, this watercolour has some expressive features. Indeed, most of Kos’ street images from the 1920s and 30s display a stifling and oppressive atmosphere. The watercolour depictions of streets are dark, in spite of all the colours, and his linocuts feature large and intimidating black surfaces as well as a strong black and white contrast typical of the graphics technique. In the small-format watercolour A Street in the Moonlight, buildings dominate the space, closing off the street from all angles in order to accentuate the feelings of hopelessness and entrapment. Expressiveness is conveyed through the selection of colours- a grey street is flooded by bluish moonlight and accentuated by intense orange light. The complementary contrast of orange and blue, which so effectively captures the spectator’s eye, can also be seen in the author’s other watercolours. (Vanesa Erjavec 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

1057/R

Address

A STREET IN THE MOONLIGHT

Authors

IVAN KOS

Materials

paper

Techniques

watercolour

Measurements

- 18,7 x 14,5 cm

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