Skurjeni Matija (1898) Kleur Lithografie"Rolling Stones" Ges
(1898 Veternica). " Rolling Stones " Kleur Lithografie, 1971. BFK-Rives op karton. Oplage 150 exemplaren, nr ..., Gesigneerd met potlood, blad grootte: 68 x 79 cm.
Matija Skurjeni (1898-1990) was a Croatian painter associated with the naïve art movement. Skurjeni was born on september 14, 1898 in Veternica, Croatia. His father worked as a carpenter and died in an accident felling a tree when Matija was a boy. As one of eight children, Skurjeni was forced to quit school at the age of seven to work as a shepherd in Veternica.
He learned to read and write from his older siblings. At the age of twelve, skurjeni found work building the karlovac railways, but soon apprenticed a painter in metlika. At the age of eight een, skurjeni served as a soldier in world war on the russian and italian fronts. After one year of service, he was wounded at castel tessino. He served once more as a soldier from 1921 until 1922 when he contracted malaria. After serving in the army, skurjeni worked as a miner on his land near golubovec, but preferred his more artistic occupations. He therefore finished his apprenticeship in metlika and moved to zagreb, where he worked with the painters "broz-gubec-zaksek." in 1928, he was hired at the state railways in zagreb's workshop where he worked until retiring in 1956. In 1964, skurjeni helped found the association of independent naïve artists of croatia. Skurjeni fell ill in 1975 and ceased painting. In 1984, he gifted a portion of his paintings and sketches to the municipality of zapresi?,