Ivan Krstulović, Quiet Objects, Sonorous Nuances – the World of “Still Lifes”
A selection of twenty representative works of the Split painter Ivan Krstulović painted in the period from 1968 to 2001 is being presented at the exhibition Quite Objects, Sonorous Nuances – the World of “Still Lifes” on Friday, February 3, 2017, in the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery. The paintings of this artist from Split, who took his degree in painting after being taught by Jerolim Miše at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, will be on view in the Josip Račić Studio until February 19, 2017.
In conclusion, we can maintain that Ivan Krstulović was a painter who consciously fitted into the mainstream of the regional and national heritage, and also, with all due retrospection and deference, into a certain line of Mediterranean renovating and refining tendencies. All this, however, he did responsibly and deliberately, with good reason convinced that he could not only attain high, in fact the highest, standards of expressive interpretation of the seen and felt microcosmos, but, to the already acquired body of mature achievements, add his own irreplaceable creative portion, his own primordial experience of ambience and atmosphere, his poetics of the moment and the continuum, his feeling for the radiation of the object and the captured light, which he was capable of following in its trajectory from the crack of dawn until the fading of the day, from mild shadows to scintillating reflections.
Tonko Maroević (from the exhibition catalogue text)
Photo:Tanja Tevih,ⒸModerna galerija, Zagreb, 2017