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Rudi Reichmann


Rudi Marijan Reichmann (09.01.1933—01.12.2011, Jesenice) was a Slovenian landscape painter. He painted nearly thousand paintings, mainly in oil on canvas technique, rarely pastel on paper. Main interest of his painting were landscapes and landmarks of slovenian alpine region of Gorenjska, a northwest part of Slovenia (Bled, Planica, Kranjska gora), and later also regions along river Drava in northern Slovenia. Although the majority of his works remained mainly in Slovenia, many of them also travelled (along with their owners) to other parts of the world, such as Austria, Australia, Canada and United States. He had no formal art education, and was mainly self trained. A significant level of training he gained as a member of painter's society (named Dolik, which is abbreviation for Dolinski likovniki, "the painters of the valley") in his home town, where renowned academically educated painters taught members of this group. Althougt he painted a lot, he never made his living on painting nor made a fortune of it, and he kept his full-time job until his retirement.

His works

As every painter, he went through several phases of creativity. Initially he painted as realisticaly as possibile, beginning his work with pencil sketches on canvas, then painted with oil paints. Typical objects of this period were landmarks such as Bled island, mountain Jalovec as viewed from a Sleme ridge, and also some still lives. Especialy he paid attention to hayracks, wooden buildings used for drying mown grass, (slovene word for hayrack is "kozolec"). Soon he discovered that mere representation of nature might seem too rude. In the mid 60's his painting was influenced by impressionism, and he made several paintings in this manner. Many of these compositions include human figures. The main object in these paintings were folklore customs and everyday scenes from peasant's life. Gradually he abandoned this manner of paintig and in late 70's developed his own style, which he kept for rest of his life (with occasional declinations, when he used pastels on hard paper and more intense colors). For painting he mainly used palette knives rather than brushes. These were used mainly on paintings on which he used thiner layers of paint. Thicker layers were almost allways set by palette knife.

During his career, Rudi Reichmann presented his paintings on many exhibitions, which took place mainly in smaller towns of Slovenia and Austria. His last exhibition took place in Kosova graščina, Jesenice (2009). From 22.06.2012 to 18.07.2012 an exhibition of his paintings was held in exhibition hall DOLIK Jesenice (Slovenia). Here is a link to PDF folder, published on this occasion.

Please note:

The father of painter, also named Rudi (Rudolf) Reichmann (1905 - 1971) was a painter too, and many of his pretty paintings can be found out there. He regarded paiting as a way of relief and never had greater ambitions as painter, so many of his paintings are not even signed, although he always signed the paintings that he sold. To keep with tradition, my given name also is Rudi (which is abbreviation for Rudolf), and I also paint. However, my paintings are different enough to be distinguished from the ones painted by my father and thus will not mislead owners and sellers. They are dated from 2008 and forth on. Also, when you look after or search the Net and other resources for name Reichmann in connection with mentioned painters/paintings, pleas keep in mind that this family name might (in different sources) also be writen as Reichman (with one N at the end) and also Rajhman, which is fonetical slovenian transcription for name. Why is that so? This family name is basically a German one, and although we all consider ourselves as Slovenians, we kept the original transcription of the name. But after the World War II, the political atmosphere in our country was not very inclined to strange sounding names, so for political reasons and also for unfamiliarity of domestic officials with german ortography, this name is often writen in a wrong way.


Upper Sava Valley Museum, Jesenice - a link to museum home page and to Kos manor (where exhibitions are held)

Rudi Reichmann jr. Last change made on: 17. 12. 2012