Racic, Josip

Račić, Josip


Born Mar. 22, 1885, in Horvati, near Zagreb; died June 20, 1908, in Paris. Croatian painter and graphic artist. One of the founders of the 20th-century Croatian school of painting.

Račić studied in Munich at the school of A. Ažbè and at the Academy of Arts (1905–08). His portraits and genre compositions were executed in a free technique marked by spontaneity and dramatic expressiveness. Račić employed a restrained palette, which was rich in tonal transitions. His paintings include Self-portrait, The Lady in Black (1907), and Mother and Child (1908). These three works are in the Modern Gallery in Zagreb. Račić also worked in watercolor and in charcoal and pencil.


J. Račić (exhibition catalog). Zagreb, 1961.