Matej Sternen (1870–1949)

Matej SternenMatej SternenSternen was born in Verd at Vrhnika in 1870 and died in Ljubljana in 1949. He was surely the most peculiar amongst the four Slovenian Impressionists. He is also one of the first Slovenian graphic artists and is considered to be the leading Slovenian restorer of that period. He met Grohar and Plečnik in the Provincial Drawing School in Graz, and then continued schooling at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts. Later on, he attended the Ažbe School in Munich.

He travelled around Italy, Paris, lived two years in Duino near Trieste and after the end of the First World War he settled in Ljubljana. There he taught drawing in the architectural school and in the private school Probuda, where he then corrected his student's work in his studio. He briefly worked with Jakopič in their painting school. He took part in the first exhibitions in Ljubljana and then displayed his works within the Sava association. After the fiasco of the 2nd exhibition of the Slovenian Artistic Society in 1902, he spent a few summers painting with Jakopič and Grohar in Škofja Loka. They parted ways in a turbulent manner after 1911. 


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