SLAVE RAŠKAJ PAINTER
In honor of the best watercolor painter in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Slava Raškaj (full name Friderica Slavomira Olga Raškaj) was born on January 2, 1877 in Ozalj. She finished primary and secondary school at the Institute for Deaf and Dumb Children in Vienna from 1883 to 1892. At the age of eighteen, at the urging of Ozalj teacher Ivan Otoić, young Slava moved to Zagreb where she received free lessons from the famous painter and art pedagogue Bela Čikoš Sesija. Slava quickly develops an authentic artistic expression, and memories of her Ozalj childhood will come to the fore. The main motifs are found in the lyrical landscapes of the Ozalj region; its garden, Kupa, willow along the shores, water lilies, flowers, trees, woods, as well as ordinary people, peasants, reapers, children, servants. Her watercolors represent the highest achievement of Croatian watercolor painting at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, emphasizing the atmosphere of the moment in a unique and fresh way.
Numerous drawings, watercolors and pastels of this great “princess of Croatian watercolor” can be seen in the Ozalj Homeland Museum (Old Town of Ozalj) as part of the permanent exhibition.