The Scent of Passion

        From May 14 to June 14, 2011

 The word of the author

 

From prehistoric times up to today, erotica has occupied a special place in art. This intriguing and provocative subject matter is the eternal creative and artistic inspiration.

The notion of eroticism in art is almost a metaphysical act, where pure instinct and vital energy of the creator are being imbued with the vision of the current creative inspiration.

In the works of Konjović, erotic themes are present from the very beginning of his artistic vision development and represent a clear chronological continuity of creativity - from academic to associative artistic expression.

ARTISTIC VISION DEVELOPMENT

The first two nudes, "Lying nude" and "Composition with four nudes", were painted in Vienna in 1921. They were made under the influence of old Renaissance masters. According to Konjović, these paintings have not been preserved.Female bathers from Brac, 1923.

Neo-classicism and cubism, being the current styles of artistic expression at that period, were also the stopping points on Konjović’s path of creativity. By accepting this stylistic challenge and being persistent in the intention to follow the analyticity and gradualism of the strict artistic vision development, Konjović created a series of very successful geometrically shaped female nudes. The way of artistic expression, strongly shaped forms and dark colours are in contrast with Konjović’s nature and temper.

THE CITY OF LIGHT

The departure to Paris in 1924 brought a totally new creative vision to Konjović. Leaving the former artistic experience of cubism and neo-classicism, his work fundamentally changed due to the awakened colouring palette with dominant "blue-green" tone, freer and more playful strokes of the brush and livelier and more animate female nude figures.Two nudes, 1928.

This courageous return to himself and his artistic temperament, inspired by the expressionist artistic sensibility, spawned the lyrical nudes of the Parisian blue phase. After returning from Paris, he painted sensual female nudes in warm colours, with a strong relation of complementary colors. These works were created in Cavtat and Sombor.Lying nude, 1932.

CHROMATICITY OF COLOURS

After the Second World War the artist created nudes and semi-nudes in subdued colours with plastic molded forms and moderate expression of his brush. Mirroring the experience of the outside world, Konjović projected melancholic mood onto his canvasses.Venus of Dubrovnik, 1948.

 FORM STYLIZATION

From the fifties to the sixties of the last century, Konjović created a whole new artistic style with his tendency towards the reduction and liberation of paintings from excessive details. Nudes became more monumental and stylized, outlined with black contour and reduced to two dimensions with pure relations of colours.
Nude, 1953.

SENSUAL IMBUE

Female nudes made in the period from the sixties to the nineties of the last century present a special artistic whole.

Using the powerful and explosive strokes, Konjović painted grotesque figures of the female body with clearly distinct attributes of sexuality.Lovers, 1970.

Stylistic change from this period, with primary stroke and strong colours, more unconstrained than ever, created in the maelstrom of passion, found a way which Konjović has sought for years. The works with erotic content from this very prolific creative period in his late ages, are the confirmation of the often mentioned "eternal spiritual youth” and vitality of the artist.
Semi-nude, 1990.

He found his inexhaustible creative and driving energy in the love for man, the perfection of nature and the sublime beauty. The joy of creating in interaction with the powerful experience of the outside world is the basis of Konjović’s painting.

Nebojša Vasić, accademically trained painter

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