Rihard Jakopic
Rihard Jakopič was a Slovenian
The Slovenes, Slovene people, Slovenians, or Slovenian people are a South Slavic people primarily associated with Slovenia and the Slovene language.-Population:Most Slovenes today live within the borders of the independent Slovenia...

 painter. He was the leading Slovenian Impressionist painter and theoretician. Together with Matej Sternen
Matej Sternen
Matej Sternen was a leading Slovene Impressionist painter.Sternen was born in Verd, now part of the Carniolan municipality of Vrhnika, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He attended the secondary school in Krško and attended technical school in Graz between 1888 and 1891...

, Matija Jama
Matija Jama
Matija Jama was a Slovene painter. Together with Rihard Jakopič, Ivan Grohar and Matej Sternen, he is considered among the best representatives of Impressionism in the Slovene Lands.- Life :...

 and Ivan Grohar
Ivan Grohar
Ivan Grohar was a Slovene Impressionist painter. Together with Rihard Jakopič, Matej Sternen and Matija Jama, he is considered one of the leading figures of Slovene impressionism in the fin de siecle period.- Life :...

, he is considered the pioneer of Slovenian impressionist painting.


Jakopič was born in Ljubljana
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, then part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, in 1869. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is an institution of higher education in Vienna, Austria.- History :The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna was founded in 1692 as a private academy by the court-painter Peter Strudl, who became the Praefectus Academiae Nostrae. In 1701 he was ennobled as Baron of the Empire...

, the Azbe
Anton Ažbe
Anton Ažbe was a Slovene realist painter and teacher of painting.Ažbe, crippled since birth and orphaned at the age of 8, learned painting as an apprentice to Janez Wolf and at the Academies in Vienna and Munich. At the age of 30 Ažbe founded his own school of painting in Munich that became a...

 Art School in Munich
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, and with the Czech
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 painter Vojtěch Hynais at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
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. In Ljubljana, he established the Slovene School of Impressionist Drawing and Painting, the predecessor of the Academy of Fine Arts
Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana
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 at the University of Ljubljana
University of Ljubljana
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. He also built a pavilion
Pavilion (structure)
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 in the Tivoli Park in Ljubljana, based on plans by the architect Max Fabiani
Max Fabiani
Max Fabiani, was a Slovene-Italian architect from the Gorizia region. Together with Ciril Metod Koch, he introduced the Vienna Secession style of architecture in the Slovene Lands.-Life:...

. The pavilion, known as The Jakopič Pavilion, became the central venue for art exhibitions in the Slovene Lands
Slovene Lands
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 at the time. Over 1200 paintings and 650 drawings by Jakopič have been preserved. He was one of the early members of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
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 founded in 1938 and an iniciator for the foundation of the National Gallery of Slovenia
National Gallery of Slovenia
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He died in Ljubljana on.

In 1962, due to the relocation of the railway line, the Jakopič Pavilion was demolished. In 1968 a statue of Jakopič by Janez Boljka was erected on the original site of the pavilion and a new Jakopič Gallery opened on Slovenska Street in Ljubljana. Since 1969, the Jakopič Award, the highest Slovenian award in fine arts, is presented annually. In 1965 a primary school in Šiška
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 was named after him.

Jakopič was also portrayed on the old Slovene 100 tolar
Slovenian tolar
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banknote with a detail from one of his paintings and the plans of his pavilion.


  • Sončni breg (Sunny Hillside) (1903), National Gallery, Ljubljana
  • Breze v jeseni (Birches in Autumn) (1903), National Gallery, Ljubljana
  • Kamnitnik v snegu (Kamnitnik in the Snow) (1903), National Gallery, Ljubljana
  • Sončni breg (Sunny Hillside) (1903), National Gallery, Ljubljana
  • Zima (Winter) (1904), National Gallery, Ljubljana
  • Pri svetilki (By the lamp) (1904), National Gallery, Ljubljana
  • Študija sonca (A Study of the Sun) (1905), National Gallery, Ljubljana
  • Križanke (1909), National Gallery, Ljubljana
  • Spomini (Memories) (1912), National Gallery, Ljubljana
  • Zeleni pajčolan (The Green Veil) (1915), National Gallery, Ljubljana
  • Večer na Savi (Evening on the Sava River) (1926), National Gallery, Ljubljana
  • Slepec (Blind man) (1926), National Gallery, Ljubljana

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