In 1938, the Little Entente countries organised a
travelling exhibition of women painters, which travelled to all the capitals of
the allied countries. Ljubljana hosted it in the spring. The vast majority of
women painters who exhibited at that time have remained in shadow of other
representatives of Slovenian painting. At the National Gallery of Slovenia, we
present Slovenian painter Elda Piščanec, born in Trieste 2 November 1897, who
moved to Ljubljana as a little girl when her father got a job here.
Piščanec studied at the Academy in Florence, where her
teachers were Felice Carena and Celestino Celestini. She studied painting and
printmaking. The influence of these two masters can also be felt in her work.
In addition to Florence, she also studied church painting in Paris (with
masters Maurice Denis, Georges Desvallières and André Lhote in private schools). She committed herself to realism, which she developed
in several directions. She painted mostly landscapes, still lifes and
portraits, as well as sacred motifs. She died at the village of Vine on 18
The National Gallery holds several of her works,
including Girl in a Summer Dress,
which was painted around 1935. The painting certainly conveys the spirit of the
period in which it was made.
The exhibition was made possible by
15 June – 18 September 2022
National Gallery of Slovenia