Miramarska Underpass A concerto for theatre Little waters II
Miramarska Underpass, water-colour, 60 x 50 cm
Theatre, water-colour, 46,5 x 33,5 cm
Little waters II, water-colour, 23 x 15,5 cm

Kastela Preradoviceva Street
Kastela, water-colour, 60 x 30 cm
Preradoviceva St., water-colour, 104 x 72 cm

J O S E P H   D E P O L O

"Antun Mates and his watercolours full of virtuosity deny everyone who assumes that perfectionism suppresses art. "His watercolours are often technically superior, but the painter's manual skilfulness never withholds their soul", says Igor Zidic in his foreword. The answer is in this one sentence. We see a painter who perfectly combines highly professional mastery with the act of creation. He has mastered the language of painting to perfection, there is no motif he could not form with perfection. There are many cases which prove that the perfectionist's imagination can fail and that he lets himself be misguided by "a beautiful hand". With Mates this is obviously not the case: his motif is always dramatically enthusiastic, all his impulses are to be found in poetic interpretation."

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