IVAN KOS: WORKER

The artistic oeuvre of the academically trained artist Ivan Kos includes portraits, landscapes and depictions with social themes. In addition to the oil and graphics technique, he also liked watercolours or drawing in ink or paper. The watercolour technique demands a skilful hand and attention to detail, which Kos skilfully demonstrated in the Worker. The painter’s careful attention is directed at the worker’s expressive face as well as at the creased and worn-out look of his coat. The level of accuracy presents Kos’ as an accomplished watercolourist and is also representative of his works Captive and Worries (Unemployed girl). These works are also similar in their expressivity, which is preserved in spite of his adherence to Realism, to which Kos aspired in all his depictions of social themes. In addition to the self-conscious, slouched posture, our attention is also drawn to the worker’s scowl, expressing concern and distrust. The complete absence of optimism accurately presents the essence of a working man of that period. The pre-war era was particularly hard for the socially underprivileged, and many felt anxious and insecure in the face of social distress, political turmoil, and social unrest. (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

1068/R

Address

WORKER

Authors

IVAN KOS

Materials

paper

Techniques

watercolour

Measurements

- 64,5 x 48,5 cm

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