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Quiquerez, Ferdo

Zdenko Rus

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 | ISBN: 9781884446054
Published online January 1998 |
Quiquerez, Ferdo

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Croatian painter of French descent. He studied law and simultaneously took lessons in painting from Josip Franjo Mücke (1819–83), the Zagreb-based portrait and history painter. Politically, Quiquerez adopted the South Slav ideology of Bishop J. J. Strossmayer, while his patriotic and romantic inclinations led him towards history painting. In 1870 he entered the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, studying under Johann Leonhard Raab (1825–99) and Karl Theodor von Piloty, but owing to poor health he soon left for Venice, where he continued his studies under Pompeo Molmenti (1819–94). Inspired by the Antique, he painted Roman vedute and historical themes. On Capri he painted with Izidor Kršnjavi. In 1875 Quiquerez went to Montenegro, where he painted portraits of prominent military men and of the ruling family. On his return to Zagreb he worked as a teacher of drawing in a secondary school from 1878. Among the history paintings that brought him popularity are the Coming of the Croats (1870; Zagreb, Hist. Mus. Croatia), Coronation of King Zvonimir (1878) and Kosovo Girl (1879; Zagreb, Hist. Mus. Croatia). The formal characteristics of these works indicate that Quiquerez drew on the academic romanticism of Piloty’s circle in Munich, but his vedute, unpretentious landscapes and some of his portraits and studies, generally regarded as the most important part of his oeuvre, show him to be a promoter of realism in Croatian painting.

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