kofetarica

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Ivana Kobilca painted Kofetarica in 1888.

As the National Gallery of Slovenia writes, Koblica, “educated in Munich,” went through what the Gallery calls a “middle-class realism and the studio dark phase.”

Certainly Kofetarica, clearly a staged studio painting of an elderly, middle-class woman, suits that description. The bright, diffuse lighting and impeccable detailing of the painting and the woman’s black clothing evoke the Dutch Golden Age, in stark contrast to much of Koblica’s other work—often, her paintings have all the light, outdoorsy airiness of the French Impressionists.