Untitled. Original color silkscreen, unknown year.
Ivan Lacković was a Croatian naive self-taught painter and printmaker, known for his artworks of rural village life, flowers, still life and rare portraits, with a lyrical and surreal atmosphere. He also illustrated many books of prose and poetry. First artworks were just clear depictions of winter rural landscapes, but later he started to insert motives with a symbolic meaning. This is an idyllic scene of winter magic near the village with people playing with snow on a frozen lake. He celebrates the beauty of his homeland, saying for his lyrical scenes: “I have given man a special place in nature, I have elevated him to the throne by making him part of nature itself…” The humans in my paintings are sustained by the melancholy colors of spring, summer, autumn, and winter.”