Edo Murtic

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Edo Murtić (born May 4, 1921 in Velika Pisanica near Bjelovar , Kingdom of Yugoslavia , † January 2, 2005 in Zagreb , Croatia ) was a Yugoslav and later Croatian painter and graphic artist .


After moving to Zagreb with his parents , he attended elementary school there and later the craft school.

In 1939 he began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He went to Belgrade in 1940 to study with Petar Dobrović (1890–1942) as a master student. After his return he continued his training with Ljubo Babić (1890–1974).

Murtić was a staunch socialist even as a teenager . After the beginning of World War II , he became involved in the anti-fascist movement. In 1944 he became part of the armed resistance against the German occupation. Before and during this time he began to intensify his artistic activity. He created graphics , designed books and posters. After the end of the war he was already in Yugoslavia, but also a well-known artist.

In 1952 Murtic had his first solo exhibition in Zagreb. His painting before and during the war was figurative, since the end of the Second World War his painting belonged to Abstract Expressionism . In 1959 Edo Murtić was a participant in documenta II in Kassel .

Before his death, his works were shown in more than 150 solo and 300 group exhibitions around the world.

Murtić was a member of the Croatian Academy for Science and Art and a member of the Croatian “Helsinki Committee for Human Rights”.

In the last years of his life, Edo Murtić lived in Zagreb and Vrsar in the Istria region . He died in a hospital in Zagreb.

He was buried in the Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb .

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