Đuro Seder Retrospective

Art, Painting

Nowadays something of an icon of Croatian painting, Đuro Seder (born Zagreb 1927) was originally associated with the conceptual avant-garde, not least as a member of the Gorgona anti-art collective of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Unlike many of his contemporaries, however, Seder tired of conceptualism and threw himself back into the traditional world of brushes and canvas, pioneering a personal, highly individual form of Expressionism that in many ways anticipated the German ‘Young Wild’ painters of the 1980s. Seder’s turbulent canvases range from the stormily emotional to the calmingly meditative: a lot of his work is clearly religious in nature, but deals in a very personal, intimate spirituality rather than the canonical images you might see in a church.