Portrait of the Artist`s Daughter Eugenia
1931, oil, panel, 66,5 x 51 cm
signed and dated upper right: Oppo 31
NG S 1996, National Gallery of Slovenia, Ljubljana
The artist painted his daughter clad in a pale pink dress, sitting in an armchair and holding a flower.
The composition is faintly reminiscent of some French impressionists (Degas), but the serious expression on the face also indicates an obvious study of the Italian Quattrocento. This is a characteristic of the “ritorno all’ordine” group, with the traditional and anti-modernistic line which was being introduced to figural art by Italian Fascism, before it was ensnared in the German Nazi net.
Provenance: Presented to the Narodna galerija in 1942 by the Italian occupation authority of the province; confirmation of the inventorisation of the painting dated 16 April 1943, old Inv. No. 1875; 1952–1983 on loan to the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana.
Exhibitions: 1931, Baltimore, No. 43; 1935, Cracow; 1936, Venice; 1936, Budapest, No. 329; 1937, Berlin; 1937, Amsterdam, No. 15; 1993, Ljubljana, No. 81.
Lit.: Zeri and Rozman 1993, p. 196, Cat. and Fig. No. 81.