Vlaho Bukovac Home – Cavtat
Bukovčeva 5, Cavtat
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Tuesday – Saturday,
Monday – closed
The birthplace of Vlaho Bukovac, one of the most famous Croatian painters and founders of the modern Croatian painting, has been reopened to the public since May 2004, after a ten-year break and a fundamental three year-long refurbishment.
Bukovac’s birthplace is a typical bourgeois house from the late 18th and early 19th century, a two-storey building with a small garden on the south facade and a spacious back garden on the north. The house, situated in one of the small streets leading from the Cavtat seafront to Prijeko, has, since ancient times, had the continuity of a living place. During excavation of the land on the northern side of the house, remains were found of a building dating back to the Roman period, with its floor, a large number of bricks, pottery and two pots.
The house was bought by the painter’s grandfather, the Italian sailor Giuseppe Fagioni, who married in Cavtat and permanently resided there. Initially it
was built up by Bukovac’s father and then by Bukovac himself.
The house is composed of two originally separate units of which the western one was single story until 1898, when Bukovac built onto it and set up his atelier along the entire area of the storey. The interior of the eastern part of the house has retained its fragmented spatial distribution whilst the western part consists of large rooms: premises for commercial purposes on the ground floor, a living room on the first floor and the atelier on the top floor of the house.
The museum’s permanent exhibition of Bukovac’s works, consists of art presenting all the stages of the painter’s oeuvre. In the living room on the 1st floor there are portraits and pictures of intimate, family members. Since his self-portrait in 1877 to the one in 1921, created just five months before his death, the artist’s development and changes of style can be followed. In the atelier there are also some of His most important painter phases from Paris, Zagreb, Cavtat to the last ones in Prague. In the other rooms of the house, a selection from a collection of Bukovac’s furniture and personal belongings is exposed, taking into account the undisturbed view of newly discovered wall paintings.
The house is also open to a number of scientist researchers as it preserves about 200 paintings, drawings, sketches, correspondence, hemerotheque, relevant bibliography, a collection of photographs and manuscripts from the autobiography “My Life” from 1918.