Girl with a Book, lithograph (1930)

Girl with a Book

Maksim Sedej

Sedej was born on 26th May 1909 in Dobracevo near Ziri. After attending the Technical Secondary School in Ljubljana where he studied . . . from 1923 to 1925, he studied painting at the Zagreb Academy of Art . . . from 1928 to 1932. He was one of the founder members of the Independents (established in 1937, the club was active until 1943, when the last Independents group exhibition was held). In 1940, and again in 1954, his works were shown at the Venice Biennale, in the selection presenting Yugoslav art.

self-portrait Self-portrait, lithograph (1930)

Fishermen, oil on canvas (1962) During the 1940’ he was often commissioned to copy works by old Slovene masters, and on several occasions to decorate the interiors of private houses with frescoes.In the late 1940’ he received commission to execute large fresco compositions for the Litostroj Factory and the Police House, conforming to the standarts of Socialist Realism both in terms of style and subject matter. His first post was as a lecturer at the School of Arts and Crafts in the year 1949/50. From 1950 onwards he was employed as an assistant professor at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Art. In 1963, he was appointed associate professor and in 1965 full professor.
He died on 13th May 1974 in Ljubljana.

From the catalouge for the exhibition
Published by Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana 1994

Masqueraders Girl and Masqueraders II, oil on canvas (1965)
presentation (11,5 x 14 cm)

He expressed his love in colours. Another important fact about his painting is that he never hated anyone. That is why in all his images I sense the hidden power of forgiveness. He wondered at hatred between people with childlike naivety until his dying day. He did not understand it and yet he was able to depict it with a forgiving stroke of the brush. And this is the most precious legacy he bequeathed us.