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date: 07 December 2019

Pilon, Venolocked

(b Ajdovščina, Sept 22, 1896; d Ajdovščina, Sept 23, 1970).
  • Jure Mikuž

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(b Ajdovščina, Sept 22, 1896; d Ajdovščina, Sept 23, 1970).

Slovenian painter, printmaker and photographer. After studying at the academies of Prague, Florence and Vienna, he produced his finest works in Ajdovščina between 1922 and 1926, including The Lacemaker (1923; Ljubljana, Gal. Mod. A.) and the Russian Woman (1925; Ajdovščina, Pilon Gal.). In 1926 he went to Paris, where his encounter with the new artistic trends made him renounce painting completely and move into other occupations such as photography, photographing well-known artists. He was particularly interested in portraits, still-lifes and landscapes and succeeded in giving them an inner energy that raised them above simple mimetic representation. His work can be related to that of a number of contemporary European movements, such as Neue Sachlichkeit and Magic Realism, and he found that the style of the artists grouped around the periodical Valori Plastici was close to his own. Sometimes his works reflect Expressionist tendencies that are even more visible in his prints....

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