Rdeči oblaki (eng. Red clouds). Original color silkscreen and lithograph, 1975. Edition of E.A. (artist’s proof) signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
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 of extreme precision and openness and joy. This is a print from a series with a hugged couple of elongated stylized shapes, fused into one form. They are set in an unusual landscape with big red clouds in front of a forest, and seem unsteady because of their narrow bent shape and the bloody clouds announcing something negative. Unlike of the dark colored landscape, the figures are bright and make a metaphoric, as well as a literal contrast in this composition.