Works on paper produced between 1950 and 1981 by Zoran Music are being shown at the Grosvenor Gallery in London until October 26th 2001
Zoran Music, who was born in 1909 in Gorizia, lives and works in Paris and
Venice. From a Slovene rural family Music has always shown a deep interest
in local popular art and is also influenced by Goya's dark visions.
He elaborated a very personal world where mute or hallucinated characters and
figures stand against a flat background. Back from Dachau concentration camp where he was deported in 1944, he first exhibited in the Galerie de France in 1952.
He received the Grand Prize for his engravings at the Venice Biennale in 1956, and since has had numerous exhibitions worldwide, including a retrospective in 1972 at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Zoran Music approaches the subject of nature with a cool considered objectivity. His compositions are pared down capturing the essence of the landscape.
"Few Italian painters, apart from Morandi, have had a similar relationship with nature; for Music this does not last just for a period of time, rather it goes on, becoming more and more sophisticated. His unusual relationship with nature is the result of the painter's personality silent, reflective, but also of his northern, middle European, border spirit", notably wrote Roberto Tassi in Music Paesaggi dal 1951 al 1979, Galleria d'Arte Niccoli, Parma, 1987