Born in Zagreb

Sava Sun mist Maksimir
The Sava, multicoloured aquatint, 33 x 8 cm
1992
Sun mist, multicoloured aquatint, 29 x 8,8 cm
1992
Maksimir, multicoloured aquatint, 36,5 x 14,5 cm
1993

Ksaver Theatre Skalinska Street
Ksaver, multicoloured aquatint, 32,5 x 16 cm
1993
Theatre, multicoloured aquatint 36 x 16,5 cm
1993
Skalinska St., multicoloured aquatint, 34 x 16 cm
1993


J O S E P H   D E P O L O

This Zagreb cycle by Mates, with motifs of the Tomislav Square, Ilica, the square in front of the National Theatre, Skalinska Street and Ban Jelacic Square, once again confirms the painter's absolute devotion to his town. He is "the poet of Zagreb" in the full sense of these words. Only few painters in the Croatian contemporary art, especially in his generation which started in the 70's, have so hermetically isolated into the romanticism and nostalgia of their town. I repeat, the romanticism and nostalgia, so that no one might think that these words are chosen by mistake or accidentally. These two words originate from a long exile, Mates welcomes them amicably at the town-gate. In these aquatints everything is painted in romantic hazes, in shades and partial shades, the town is a nostalgic interieur like on Vuillard's paintings. These squares and streets are so obviously dreamt in the dreams of a Zagreb childhood, these dreams have left deep traces, the painter "identifies himself with the Town in his panoramas", says Igor Zidic, his "particular Zagreb appears like the painter's reified ego". This materialization is really complete.