It is precisely Enca Kovačević, a painter from Split, with her soft but yet powerful visual expression, reminding us that there were times in which talent was measured by the innate ability to express emotions, realities, dreams and imagination using fine art techniques, who deserves the opportunity to be Meštrović’s guest. Just like Meštrović who continued following his classical figurative artistic expression regardless of the various avant-garde styles and directions that emerged and took hold in the 20th century, Enca Kovačević remains faithful to her romantic figuration.
Counterpointing Enca and Meštrović is particularly interesting because it highlights the key features of the two apparently completely different kinds of art, counterpointing them so much that they are finally coming closer to each other. Meštrović is primarily a sculptor, Enca is a painter. Even when he engages himself in painting, Mestrović's palette is dark, and the characters are robust; Enca cultivates gentle pastel coatings. Meštrović approaches woman as a son, husband, lover and father, Enca approaches woman as a woman. Meštrović sculptures inspired by a model, Enca paints from memory. Meštrović is a strong, stubborn participant of cultural and political events of his time, Enca lives her social role and her art modestly.
(Vesna Bulić Baketić, 2017)
Curator: Vesna Bulić Baketić
Reviewers: Biserka Rauter Plančić, Marin Ivanović