The painter depicted his father Štefan with a conservative palette before a neutral background, his hand gripping a chair’s headrest. Only his hand and face are illuminated. Running against established patterns, he created in lieu of a conventional portrait a dignified image, one that he approached with respect and a sense of duty, as he owed his father a great deal in forming his fundamental views on life and art. After all, the Šubič family was full of artists and painters who hailed from the idyllic, hilly Poljanska Dolina, where author Ivan Tavčar (1851‒1923) found inspiration for one of the most cherished Slovenian love stories, Autumn Blossoms
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Theirs was the most important portrait studio in Carniola, run by Štefan Šubic himself.
The Artist's Father (Podoba Očeta) was produced in 1880, alongside his The Artist’s Mother (Podoba Matere, NG S 426) and The Artist’s Sister Mica (Portret Sestre Mice, NG S 431), while the artist took a gap year at home in Poljane above Škofja Loka after finishing studies at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts.