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Jožef Petkovšek

Artist who has, after his death, become a mythical cult figure of Slovenian painting.

Venetian Kitchen
Venetian Kitchen
House by the Water
House by the Water
At Home
At Home
The Letter
The Letter

Jožef Petkovšek’s work is characterized by genre and landscape theme in which he is looking for his expressiveness. He is also known for obvious incompleteness of paintings – in his most famous painting At Home, for instance, he portrayed the mother with an unfinished hand.

Petkovšek was born in Verd and attended school in Vrhnika, Idrija and Ljubljana. In 1882, his colleague, Simon Ogrin, directed him towards Venice. From there he went to study at the academy in Munich and later in Paris. In 1885 he returned, first to Munich and then back home to Vrhnika, where he married young Marija Filipesco. On their honeymoon the artist experienced his first attack of mental illness. From then on he lived between their home and the mental hospital. Throughout the years considerable debts occurred and he had to sell some of his property and estates. The artistic value of his paintings on sale was estimated as worthless and many of his works were lost. Only after his death he was recognized as a ‘predecessor’ of Expressionists and especially as the pioneer of the Dark Modernism