|11.6.1881 in Poland near Kokarje, Fran Tratnik.|
(In case you're wondering, this and the painting
below both seem to have the same title).
|11.6.1881, in Poland near Kokarje, Fran Tratnik. Any artist who can produce two paintings in a single day as glorious as this and the one above deserves to be forgiven for tagging them with identical titles.|
|More than just a painter, Tratnik was also a philosopher.|
|Portrait of an Elegant Lady, |
|Refugees, II and III, Fran Tratnik, undated but probably after WW I.|
|Two Old Tramps in Conversation, 1909, Fran Tratnik|
|Blind Woman, 1921, Fran Tratnik|
As a side note, I'd have to say that this had been one of the most difficult biographical items I've even written. There seems to be no more than a few dozen words written about Fran Tratnik in English. All my references had to be translated from Slovene; and judging by the difficulty both Google and Bing have had in doing so, that language must be quite difficult. Usually their trans-lation aps are a godsend for crossing the language barrier, but this time as much as 20% of the Slovene text came back untranslated, often with such garbled syntax as to be totally useless. Thus some of my text may be ambiguous and questionable at best, if not just plain wrong. Therefore, I encourage anyone familiar with Tratnik or the Slovene language who wish to correct possible errors, please leave me a note in the "comments" section below so I may make changes. Despite the difficulties, I've come to a sort of personal kinship both as to both the artist and his work, which seems to me to prove my initial point, as to gaining a deep understanding of the artist just from his work alone.
|Suzana, Fran Tratnik|