IVAN KOS: A STREET IN PRAGUE

The beginnings of Kos’ artistic creation can be traced back to 1920s and his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. At the general painting school, he initially learned drawing and painting under the mentorship of professor Vlaho Bukovec, and then continued his studies by specializing under professor František Thiele. In Prague he met the painter and graphic artist Ante Trstenjak, who introduced him to watercolour street painting during their walks through the streets of Prague. Kos retained his love of watercolour technique through his entire creative period; he was most dedicated to it, as was he to graphics and oil painting. A Street in Prague is painted in the Expressionist style, which at the time was slowly waning in Europe but was nevertheless in full swing in Slovenia with the works of Božidar Jakac and the Kralj brothers. The Prague street is portrayed in soft lines; the shades of blue and orange bleed together effortlessly (thanks to the watercolour technique) creating a complementary contrast. The distinctive golden-yellow and blue tones indicate Kos’ admiration for Venetian painting. The soft lines and sketch-like quality testify to the enduring influence of the Impressionist period, while Expressionism is conveyed in several sharply drawn details in the foreground, above all in the steep and shadowy stairs and the lonely female figure. A gracious silhouette of a woman stares lost into the emptiness of the narrowing street that almost disappears in the background among the shadows of tall and compact buildings. In spite of being gentle and colourful, the image evokes a strong sense of confinement and hopelessness. (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

1073/R

Address

A STREET IN PRAGUE

Authors

IVAN KOS

Materials

paper

Techniques

watercolour

Measurements

- 40,5 x 30 cm

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