Ferdinand Kulmer

1925, Cap Martin, France – 1998, Zagreb, Croatia


Gray and Chestnut Coloured, 1961

Oil on canvas, 130 х 162 cm

Acquisition: Gift

Reference: 00105



Ferdinand Kulmer (29 January 1925 – 11 November 1998) was a Croatian abstract painter and teacher. He studied at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts, the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts, and took special classes with Đuro Tiljak. Kulmer worked in the studio of Krsto Hegedušić, and for many years was a professor at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts. Kulmer’s paintings tend towards abstract or semi-abstract scenes, with his early compositions based on still life or interiors featuring calligraphic brushwork. He developed a more heavily textured style, turning later to a looser, more gestural style with mythical themes that includes dancing calligraphic shapes.

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