Vlaho Bukovac - The artist and his family at Cavtat
Lot 106
Vlacho Bukovac (Croatian, 1855-1923) The artist with his family at Cavtat
Sold for £90,000 (US$ 151,117) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Vlacho Bukovac (Croatian, 1855-1923)
The artist with his family at Cavtat
indistinctly signed and dated 'Vlaho Bukovac/Cavtat/1903' (lower left)
oil on canvas
53 x 90.5cm (20 7/8 x 35 5/8in).


  • Born in the picturesque fishing port of Cavtat, Vlaho Bukovac was destined for a life at sea. However early artistic promise was recognised by the influential Archbishop Strossmaayer and Bukovac was sent to Paris to study with Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889 )
    He first came to prominence at the Paris Salon of 1882 when he exhibited a large scale nude, ‘La Grande Iza’, which epitomised the French academism so typical of his early work.

    By 1888 Bukovac’s work had come to the attention of a wider audience and he was promoted aggressively throughout Great Britain by the London dealers Vicars Bros.
    Patronage from prominent industrialists followed, particularly Samson Fox, who provided the artist with numerous portrait commissions of his family and friends.

    Marriage resulted in the artist returning to his beloved homeland where he soon became a leading figure among the young artists in Zagreb. Bukovac had kept up with the stylistic advances in modern painting and as can be clearly seen in our self portrait with his family at Cavtat, Bukovac had by 1903 introduced the broken brush strokes, light effects and use of colour so beloved of the Impressionists he had encountered in Paris.

    Inspired by a photograph taken some three years earlier, Bukovac portrays an intimate family group on the balcony of his family home. The fifteenth century Franciscan monastery can be clearly seen in the distance, a symbol of the artist’s sense of solidarity with his homeland.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the image in the printed catalogue has been cropped. The full image is shown on the website.