r. d. Iv. Kos

IVAN KOS: WORRIES (UNEMPLOYED GIRL)

Ivan Kos, the Maribor-based academically trained artist, created oil and watercolour paintings, drawings, and graphic art. The vast majority of his works are portraits, landscapes, still lifes and paintings with social themes. The artist never completely detached himself from Realism, although he occasionally took to concurrent trends of Expressionism and New Objectivity. In the decade before World War II, Kos’ frequently depicted the socially underprivileged and subtly – yet noticeably – portrayed their distress. The watercolour of an unemployed girl is an excellent example of his desire to articulate the psychological state of people living at the bottom of society. The girl’s empty gaze and tired eyes express concern and disinterest in her surroundings. The pessimistic atmosphere is intensified by her slouched and closed posture, and gray, slightly bluish tones with black contour lines. Kos employed realistic features, and avoided the convulsive, deformed elements typical of Expressionism. Rather than using emotional lyricism, the mental state of his subjects is conveyed through their serious facial expressions and inconspicuous body language. (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

1067/R

Address

WORRIES (UNEMPLOYED GIRL)

Authors

IVAN KOS

Materials

paper

Techniques

watercolour

Measurements

- 54 x 37 cm

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