It is really a special experience to discuss art with Davor, or even more, to visit galeries and watch paintings. Davor has a huge knowledge about art history, but his relationship and dialogue with other artists is a very particular one. He talks to them through their art. He sees in paintings what normal spectators or even art critics probably cannot see.
To Davor, one thing is what some artists mean for art history and general estetic, so they have his respect for that. Other thing is what some artists mean to him, as his teachers. In the same time, of course, they can be very significant for art history too.
When we were in Rome recently, Davor was very excited to visit Norman Rockwell’s exhibition. Norman Rockwell is one of his teachers, and he has several Rockwell’s monographies. But this exhibition was special because it was Davor’s first time to see his work in live. After the exhibition, Davor was full of impressions and comments. Most of these comments were related to his painting technique, media, paints, perspectives, painting materials, style etc.
Triple Self Portrait by N.Rockwell (1894-1978)
What is also interesting, it is that Davor developed a special way to recognize artists through their art, especially those that have his attention. He memorizes paintings, but what is even more interesting, even if he didn’t see a painting before,very often he can tell to which painting school or an artist it belongs.
I follow one blog on Facebook, it is called „How to Be, Book Author“ and it is written by Toni Bernhard. I like to see her selection of paintings, and sometimes I show some paintings to Davor too. Recently, there was one beautiful painting called „Woman and a child in the boat“. I showed it to Davor, and he was really impressed with the painting, he was looking at it very carefully. Then I told him that it is Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting because it was written so in the blog, and he was very surprised. He said: No way, it can’t be. I started to browse the Internet, to write to Toni and in the end, it really turned out that the painting isn’t Renoir’s, but Edmund Charles Tarbell’s (1862-1938; an American Impressionist painter).
Mother and Child in a Boat by Edmund Charles Tarbell (1862-1938)
Link to the painting in the blog:
And it even happened that he says so when browsing an artist’s monography, being present on an artist’s exhibition. I asked him to explain, I was listening, but I really believe that it is only comprehensible to painters. For Davor, it is so clear, as we can recognize and distinguish one person from the other. It doesn’t matter even if we discuss a painting that belongs to the same stlye, period, has a typical motive etc. for an artist. There are a code, a signature in an artist’s way of using the brush, precision, a way of moving his hand, a choice and mixture of colors… Those are some of key words which Davor uses when explainting his statement.