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VUJCIC, Kamilo (1943- ) Croatia,
Oil on Reverse Glass Painting, Primitive Naive
(10" x 10") ca.1986

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Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000255
Kamilo Vujcic, Zagreb, Croatia ca.1986

Artist:           Mr. Kamilo Vujčić (1932 -    ) Croatian ╣

Title:            "Untitled"

Date:            1986 (Salon T.D. >>Gornji Grad I Kaptol<<, Zagreb, 29.9-7. 10. 1986)

Medium:      Painting

Materials:     Primitive Oil on Glass

Markings:     Signed by the Artist on the lower right corner

Dimensions: 10” x 10”

Framed:        Yes, item has remained in the original frame when acquired by Mr. Prince.

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000255

Provenance: Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1998

                              Mr. Neal Prince

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Mr. Kamilo Vujčić (1943 -    )

Croatian (Previously known as Yugoslavia)

If Mr. Kamilo Vujčić had painted in the 1970’s the way he paints today, he would have bewildered the public and critics, and would already have been proclaimed an outcast, a dissident from the native art world. His surrealism, a term we use conditionally, for lack of the more precise one, is utterly distinct from what is only just tolerated in the phantasmagoria of Mijo Kovčić, whose artwork has, in this respect, reached the digressive limits permissible from the verisme of Hlebine. What makes Mr. Vujčić surrealism so distinct and contrary to what was only recently considered the boundary to the realm of the na´ve world vision? The distinction between surrealism in na´ve art and Mr. Vujčić surrealism is evident at first glance; one cannot help but sense it between the spontaneity with which the na´ve painter approaches surrealism and Mr. Vujčić intellectual speculation, the deliberate manner with which, according to the surrealist recipe, brings into conjunction figures and objects that are by the natural order of things impossible to connect, and unpredictable according to the established order. That greatest degree of arbitrariness, which A. Breton emphasized as a crucial postulate, is no so arbitrary in surrealism, or is its sources in automatism. Breton’s brilliant manifestos do confirm this, a scholastic example of rational writing. This arbitrariness is quite deliberate, and artificially connected to spontaneity. It is the much simulated arbitrariness that takes Mr. Vujčić a step further than the surrealists, while na´ve painters until now moved on entirely different levels of surrealism.  When Mr. Vujčić interprets his motifs it all begins to make sense, his approach to surrealism is entirely different that that of other na´ve artists. Here are some examples: he commented on Willage (1983), a work exhibited at the 19th Zagreb Salon (1984), as follows: The sub-heading Na´ve Art Has a Shadow leaves (na´ve art) on its side in time (on a rock); in art… This applies to all the pictures with shadows on stone, plains and so forth, The Help of Spanish Friends (1981) with its subheading Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings. An, intentionally unpleasant author. The Small Door (1985), the cycle Cooperation. Minor, occasional impossibilities. The Arch Second (1986), a second is enough for an accident, but eternity is needed for the city-village problem. Etc. The way is clearly quite speculative in which Mr. Vujčić holds a dialogue with his environment and contemplates his motifs; his vocabulary seems to have come from surrealists. What then makes him a native painter? The fact that he constantly declares himself a na´ve-art painter, and that he is continually explaining his place as a painter within the adventures of na´ve art are not the deciding factor of his na´ve quality. Decisive is his approach to Surrealism, the pure and authentic in his experience of all those zones of systematic determination, acceptance of the ideal as the most serious possibility of our every-day life. Within the surreal order of motifs exists a fear of mysteries typical for the surreal painter; Mr. Vujčić differs from the surreal painter with the simplicity and candor of his story line. He embraces surrealness with a conviction, not as a possible, but as a true reality. He explains each detail, no matter how incomprehensible to us it might seem, as our inescapable reality. He incorporates entirely different and incompatible narrative elements in his story, without losing, in the speculative fabric, his primordial quality, or the spontaneity typical of a na´ve painter. Mr. Vujčić is clearly expanding his former concept of the na´ve in this recent cycle, introducing new and undreamed of possibilities. Just as is the case, after all, in any art concept, that is, of course, the concept is every original opus.


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