The Slovenian painter Miha Males(1903-1987) was one of the most important figures in Slovenian artistic life in the 20th century. Males began his career as a painter while he was still a student in Prague, and he continued painting to the end of his life. Since 1926 Miha has participated in many exhibitions at home and abroad, exhibiting in Europe and elsewhere in the world. He exhibited in Prague, Lvov, Krakow, Rome, Zagreb, Belgrade, Milan, Paris, Munich, Philadelphia, Cincinnati. At the exhibitions, critics classed him as an expressionist in a line and fauvist in color.
After 1945 Miha Males matured and became a graphic artist and a painter who moved far away from academic art that he had been trained in. His works are of high quality, but the tragic tones a very noticeable. The cruelty of war had left its mark on his work. His pictures playfulness had disappeared, in his graphics of joy, he became embittered, serious and strict.
The print is a portrait of a woman looking to the right from the viewer's point of view. The woman's attire and from the surroundings in which the artist worked, we can assume that she is from the Balkans. The composition is a vertically arranged rectangle. This is a monochromatic lithograph on woven paper is signed lower right by pencil and stamped lower left. The artwork is unframed.
We can also assume that the work was created in the years after Second World War, because the style and the motif is very mature.
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This print was donated to FARA Teddington Books