Thursday, September 22, 2011
I was born in Osijek, as a boy of 5 I went with Parents to N. Sad in 1909 and here I was apprenticed, Trade, in 1917, and later craft - that of a Comb and button worker, and as a Tradesman I was in various Places like Belgrade, Zagreb, Osijek, Celje, Maribor, and Finally, when I suffered under the Germans, and with my Late Wife, I was transported to Hungary in 1941, and in Budapest I worked with Katon Jeno and in Nagyvarad. As a tradesman, until 1945. February 8 I was Novi Sad, with my Late Wife, Here I became a dealer in secon dhand goods, As a merchant, and when the permission was taken away to private merchants my permission was also taken away, After I wante to open a Button Shop in Pula, but after 2 weeks here too the same ban on private Merchants was enforced, then I Returned to N. Sad, Then I got employed. As bottle deler with Flaso-Promet, When the firm closed down I was transferred to Bakar as Scraper, and the sSecond Dsistrict took me out later as Comb worker and I worked with em until they transferred me to Bachelite, at Obor, and There I stayed till 1952 when I fell ill, of Rumatism, Sciatica, Amsa. Catarh, which came gradually, in 1949 I Returned from Pula an since That time I became Painter Autodidact, Like a Painter, But my wife was not very keen on my paintings so I partly Worked, and Practised, my first Work is from Zagreb, Jurisiceva Street and the Post Office in NOvi Sad, Odeon Cinema Grows, and Lazic, Cathedral, and so on Which Tavakovic then bought and Then I got acquainted with Mamuzic, who introduced me to Bosko Petrovoic who is still my Best Freind and Advicor, To Him I show Each Picture First and He bought Most of My Pictures, a REal Expert, he and Other Painters Advised me not to mkae portrits but only Architecture and tha I should not LIsten to Nobody but color only as My First Pictures. I Follow my instinct, and Now I am REtired as a 75 p.c Invalid When the Russian Liberation ARmy cam eot Budapest I Reterned to N. Sad on February 8 1945.
(Emerik Fejes 's autobiography, written in pencil in 1956; Zagreb, Gallery of Naive Art)
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I bought a copy of a thick catalog: The International meeting of naive art, naivni "70, Zagreb + hlebine, july 18-Sept 20 1970. Published by gelerija, primitivne umjetnosti zagreb, 1970.
There are a number of prints of Fejes paintings in the book which I will reproduce here.
There is also a portrait of him.
There is also a commentary and autobiography which I will copy over, assuming that whomever holds the copyright would not mind.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
This painting of Venice by Fejes was bought from him by my parents in the mid 60s. I'm not sure if they sold or gave away the canvas.
Its typical of Fejes with the bright fantasy colors. Also, he often had a lot of trouble with perspective and 3D.
Emerik Fejes never traveled, he copied the great tourist sites from postcards that he collected.
Back then, postcards were in black and white. So he had freedom to figure out the colors for himself. I've often wondered if he would have been disappointed to see how limited the color palette really is of many of these sites.
Monday, September 19, 2011
In the mid 60s, my parents with some friends, after visiting him near Zagreb, bought two dozen of his paintings. They sold the physical paintings at one point retaining three. One of them hangs in my living room.
He had an original painting technique. He would wrap wooden matches with thread and use them as brushes.
|Emerik Fejes Painting of Mt St Michel from France|
It hangs in my living room.