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Exhibitions and Projects
Exhibition | 15 Jun. – 18 Sep. 2022

Elda Piščanec


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 October 1967.

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
Prešernova 24
1000 Ljubljana