Lives Journal 12

Fran Tratnik




1 »Slepci« [»The Blind«], 1911 (1909 ?), graphite on paper, 83 x 64 cm (Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana)

2 »Glava starca« [»Old Man’s Head«], circa 1916, oil on canvas, 58,5 x 43,5 cm (Maribor Art Gallery)

3 »Rdechelaska« [»Redhead«], 1919, oil on canvas, 82 x 67,5 cm (Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana)

4 »Uchenca« [»Students«], 1921, oil on canvas, 76 x 61,5 cm

5 »Slepa« [»Blind Woman«], 1921. oil on canvas, 111,5 x 82,5 cm (Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana)

6 »Suzana« (possibly circa 1920), oil on canvas, 79 x 59 cm (Maribor Art Gallery)

7 »Vedezhevalka« [»Fortuneteller«], 1935, oil on canvas, 96,5 x 57 cm

8 »Begunci II« [»Refugees II«], 1916–1917, graphite on paper, 119 x 105 cm (Slovenian National Museum of Contemporary History)



9 »Delo na polju« [»Work in the Field«], 1914, graphite on paper, 84 x 69,5 cm (Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana)


Photographs by: Dejan Habicht, Matija Pavlovec in Lado Mlekuzh (MG), Igor Leskoshek in Damjan Shvarc (UGM), Sasho Kovachich (MNZS) 






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Fran Tratnik

He was born on 11 June 1881 into a farming family in Potok ob Dreti (Gornji Grad). From 1896 until 1897 he was educated by artist Iv. N. Gosar in Celje. He studied painting in Prague (1899-1901, specialist studies with Prof. Václav Brozhík), in Vienna (1902–1903, specialist studies with Prof. Alois Delug), Munich (1903–1905, Prof. Karl Marr, specialist studies with Prof. Angel Jancek), and again in Prague (1905–1907, Prof. Hanush Schwaiger). Until 1909 he lived in Munich, then in Prague until 1912 at which point he moved to Bilje near Gorizia. From 1914 he lived in Ljubljana. He was a freelance artist until 1921 when he became a consultant for the Provincial Government of Slovenia and a conservation-restoration specialist at the Slovenian National Museum (1926–1947). Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana held his retrospective exhibit in 1951. In 1955 he received the Presheren Award. He died on 10 April 1957 in Ljubljana.



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