Milan Laluha, Three raking women

The oil painting Tri ženy hrabačky/Three raking women is one of the typical artworks by Milan Laluha, in which there are accentuated the motifs coming from the domestic rural tradition...

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No.: O-609

Artist: Milan Laluha
Title: Three raking women
Year of origin: 1973
Technique: oil
Material: canvas
Dimensions: 50,5 x 75,5 cm
Signature: bottom middle: M. Laluha

The oil painting Tri ženy hrabačky/Three raking women is one of the typical artworks by Milan Laluha, in which there are accentuated the motifs coming from the domestic rural tradition – the Slovak landscape and the rural people. But the three female figures aren´t portrayed realistically. The author´s artwork balances between the abstract and the concrete. The human body is intentionally simplified in the primary geometric shapes, the painting acts flat, the expressive colourful parts which were reduced by the author to the primary colours – red, blue, white and green are characteristic of him. The special feature of the painting is its classical rural motif depicting the non classical abstract language. In 1966 he created one of the purely abstract works – Kompozícia s červeným pozadím/The composition with red background, which definitely goes further than his artwork anchored in the reality.

Milan Laluha belongs to the important representatives of the second half of the 20th century. He entered the art scene at the end of the 1950s when he started to create artworks inspired by Cubism. His authentic artistic programme was based on the principles of joining the modern art and iconography, which originated from the domestic rural environment. His artwork is characterized by the visual analysis of the Slovak people and the landscape.

Milan Laluha was born on December 11, 1930 in Tekovské Lužany. In 1950-55 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (prof. Ľ. Fulla, E. Zmeták, B. Hoffstädter, D. Milly).  He was a member of the Mikuláš Galanda´s group, which originated in 1957 as a certain opposition to the socialistic regime. The artists in this group expressed themselves in following the tradition of the Modern Slovak Art from the 1930s, especially the works by Mikuláš Galanda, but also Miloš Bazovský, Ľudovít Fulla and Cyprián Majerník. In 1965 he was awarded the Cyprián Majerník prize for visual art and in 1969 the significant international O. Licini award at the XXIII: Biennal in Venice, where he represented Slovakia in the Czech Slovak pavilion.