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Title Portrait of Samson Fox
Collection Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
Artist Bukovac, Vlacho (Croatian painter, 1855-1922)
Date 1890 (dated)
Date Earliest
Date Latest
Signed yes

Bukovac was a painter of figures and portraits in oils. He left his native Croatia to study in Paris in 1878. At the École des Beaux Arts he studied under the painter Cabanel, a fashionable portraitist and orientalist. Through his friendship with Samson Fox, the Mayor of Harrogate, Bukovac received many commissions to work in England, but returned to Croatia in the late 1890s, where he became a founder member of the Society of Croatian Painters and was responsible for the building of the Zagreb in 1898.

After Samson Fox's death, an auction held in July 1911 of Grove House in Harrogate recorded seventeen paintings by Bukovac. This painting has a great deal of local interest, and is indicative of an interesting conversation, in actual and visual terms, taking place between artist and sitter.

Current Accession Number HARAG 41
Inscription front lr 'B. Bukovac. 1890'
Subject portrait (Fox, Samson)
Measurements 76.2 x 99.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Bagshawe 1924.
Provenance Samuel Fox; presumably by descent to his grand-daughter, Mrs Bagshaw.
Principal Exhibitions Paris Salon, 1891(together with the portrait of Louise Bagshaw, Fox's daughter); Searching for Mr Bukovac: Blaise Bukovac and his Northern Patrons, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, (touring) 2005 - 2006.
Publications Salon de 1891, Paris, 1891; Smith, Alastair, and Andrew Stewart, The Harrogate Fine Art Collection, Harrogate, 1999, p. 14.
Notes Works by this artist are held at the Zagreb Art Gallery, Vukovar Art Gallery and in other Balkan collections. The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, which also holds one of his paintings, has been running a research project into Vlaho Bukovac.
Rights Owner Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
Author Ruth Stewart



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