3 palme (eng. 3 palm trees). Original color silkscreen, 1975.
Metka Krašovec is one of the most important painters in contemporary Slovenian art. Her imagination and sensibility are manifested through fantasy images, creatures, landscapes and atmospheres with big interest in beauty. The essential thread for poetry of her painting is the search for beauty as an absolute ideal to which we can come close to, but can not quite reach. She quotes Matisse: “The artist has but one idea. He is born with it and spends a lifetime developing it and making it breathe.”, and for her, this idea is finding harmony in her duality. Unlike a painting during her later period, with relaxed, dreamy quality and free-flowing brushstrokes, artworks in the 70’s, like this one, have structured precise forms. Another name for this print is ‘Istanbul memories’, so we can see a part of Istanbul’s oriental architecture in unusual perspective, with vibrant garish colors, that we often meet in her period of the 70’s. There is also a small detail characteristic for that series – a hugged couple of oblong forms that merged in one figure.