Ľudovít Fulla was one of the most original Slovak artists of the 20th century. He resolved the controversy over the traditional and the modern by connecting them when he reached his typical stylistic formula. He succeeded in covering this legacy in modern experimentation almost in the manner of “Janáček or Bartók’s synthesis” as Milan Kundera wrote about him. He joined the stimuli of European avant-garde painting (Klee, Kandinskij, Chagall) with the inspiration of Slovak folk art, icon painting, medieval wall painting and the fine art style of children. The original fine art language characteristic through the synthesis of the rational constructive building character of a shape with intensive emotional colorfulness was the result. He donated a considerable part of his work to the state, which is now located at the Ľudovít Fulla Gallery in Ružomberok under the administration of the Slovak National Gallery (since 1969). He worked with painting, graphics, drawing, avant-garde stage design and book illustrations. Mother and child – Madonna – was a common motif in his work, the profane trumped the divine and sacral. Text: Katarína Bajcurová
Literature: Slovenský obraz (anti-obraz) : 20.st. v slovenskom výtvarnom umení. Bratislava : SNG, 2008, 266.