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Matej Sternen

The painter and restaurateur, who, together with Jama, Grohar and Jakopič formed the famous ''Quartet'' of painters belonging to Slovenian Modernism.

The Lady in Blue
Spring Sun
Spring Sun
On the Couch
On the Couch
The Red Parasol
The Red Parasol

In his works, Matej Sternen, Slovenian painter and restaurateur, mostly depicted the human figure, especially portraits and female nudes. He devoted most of his time to oil and mural painting, but in addition, he was a master of  drawings and is considered to be one of the first Slovenian graphics. Together with Jama, Grohar and Jakopič he formes the famous ''Quartet'' of painters belonging to Slovenian Modernism. 

He was born in 1870 in Verd at Vrhnika. He attended secondary school in Krško and then he attended the State Craft School in Graz where he met Ivan Grohar and Jože Plečnik. In 1892 he attended the Applied Art School in Vienna, and in years 1892-96 he studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.

Even during his study Sternen earned money by drawng and portraying. At that time, he was also an assistant to Alojzij Šubic who introduced him to the process of restoration. In 1899 he moved to Munich where he met Rihard Jakopič and Matija Jama and renewed his acquaintance with Ivan Grohar. In Munich Sternen met the painter Roza Klein and married her. He lived and worked in various places throughout Slovenia and in Munich and traveled to study in Italy and Paris. During the First World War he worked as a drawer, photographer and restaurateur. After the war he settled in Ljubljana and from 1921 onwards he was a professor of drawing at the department of Architecture at the Technical Faculty in Ljubljana.