Gustave Likan famous Artist for Eva Peron Gustave Likan famous Artist who worked for Eva Peron.
Born in Croatia in 1912, Gustav Likan was from the very beginning a great artist. His first works he did where in Europe where he painted portraits of royalty and heads of state. However, latter in his life, after relocating in the US he would innovate in terms of technique, color and style becoming a very important colorist.
According to specialists, his talent was so extraordinary that it was early recognized by the Munich Academy of Fine Arts bestowing him the special honor of Master Student giving him his own private studio and model.
Likan studied restoration under the best European masters helping this to further develop his skills. Also great inputs were the summers were spent in Holland, Italy and France.
After earning fame as a portrait artist, Likan moved to Argentina where he would work directly for the most important Argentine political figure: Evita Peron. He completed several murals for the Evita Foundation in Argentina including one at the Eva Peron Hospital in Termas de Reyes in 1952. On the very same year Evita passed away.
In 1963 he painted an “American Tragedy” depicting the Kennedy family in mourning, (currently the property of the LBJ Library).
Likan would latter relocate to Chicago in 1957 where he would be an art instructor at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts for over a decade. His latter years would be spent in Austin Texas, where he continued sharing his gift and wisdom at the Laguana Gloria Museum. He would say "The function of art is the creation of beauty. The artist has the power to create in others his pleasurable excitement, thereby sharing with them esthetic experiences."
Likan's paintings are owned by several Musems including the Moderna Galerija in Yugoslavia and the Kunstlerhaus in Salzburg, Austria.
He showed his works in France, Yugoslavia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Argentina, and the United States.
Croatian critics portray his Works in the same line as those of the greats Franz Hals and Snyhers.
Likan died on October 18th 1998 in the US. He lived a rich and productive life, and the natural course of his life has passed this great artist’s works to the eternal pantheon of 20th century fine artists at the same time it resulted in making his work even more widely sought after.
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