Austrian Artist (1888 - 1957)
'Seated Young Girl'
Oil on cardboard
29.5 x 31.5 in.
Historical Museum, Vienna, Austria.
Filkuka was born in Vienna and studied at the Arts Academy in Vienna. His works were exhibited at the Kunstlerhaus and at the Albrecht Durer-Bund in Vienna. During his lifetime he was awarded the Honorary Golden Albrecht Durer Medal and received the distinguished title of Professor.
Filkuka is a classicist in every sense of the word, adapting a highly academic style to his portraits, landscapes, and genre paintings. His color harmonies are methodically calculated, and the richness of his palette adds light and sensuality to his compositions. His descriptive works fall very neatly into the realm of realistic representation, and his use of light as a modulator of color and transparency underscores his deep understanding of the techniques of Impressionism. His bold, tonal contrasts and use of overall color for spatial definition reflects the influence of Post-Impressionists such as Manet.