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Ivana Kobilca (1870-1900) | Realist / Genre painter

Ivana Kobilca (20 December 1861 - 4 December 1926) is the most prominent Slovene female painter🎨 and a key figure of Slovene cultural identity.
She was a realist painter who studied and worked in Vienna, Munich, Paris, Sarajevo, Berlin and Ljubljana.
She mostly painted oil paintings and pastels, whereas her drawings are few. The themes include still life, portraits, genre works, allegories and religious scenes.
She was a controversial person, criticised for following movements that had not developed further in later periods.
Ivana Kobilca was born in Ljubljana as a daughter in a wealthy family of a crafstman. Her parents gave great emphasis on education. At first, she learned how to draw, but also French and Italian, in the Ursuline High School in her home town, where her teacher of drawing was Ida Künl. When she was 16, she went with her father to Vienna, where she saw the paintings of old masters that inspired her.