Maksim Gaspari

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Maksim Gaspari
Maksim Gaspari (1).jpg
Born(1883-01-26)January 26, 1883
Died(1980-11-14)November 14, 1980
EducationAcademy of Fine Arts Vienna
Known forpainting
Notable work
Painting and illustration
AwardsLevstik Award
1949 for Čuri-Muri velikan
Prešeren Award
1953 for his achievements in painting

Maksim Gaspari (26 January 1883 – 14 November 1980) was a Slovene painter best known for his paintings and illustrations as well as numerous postcards with folklore motifs and scenes from rural life.[1]

Gaspari was born in Selšček above Cerknica in Inner Carniola in 1883. He studied drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna but was unable to support himself financially so he returned to Kamnik, where he lived before going to Vienna. Later he studied in Munich for a while and settled in Ljubljana in 1913, where he taught art. He died in Ljubljana in 1980.

Gaspari is today best known for his postcards with rural motifs and greetings as well as political messages. A collection of his postcards is held by the National and University Library in Ljubljana.[2] He also illustrated numerous books and journals. He won the Levstik Award in 1949 for his illustrations of Korney Chukovsky's Čuri-Muri velikan (The Monster Cockroach).[3] In 1953 he received the Prešeren Award for his achievements in painting.[4]

From 1972 he was a regular member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.[5]


  1. ^ Maksim Gaspari on the Slovene Biographical Lexicon site
  2. ^ "National and University Library of Slovenia's Map and Pictorial Collection". National and University Library of Slovenia. Archived from the original on 2014-01-02.
  3. ^ The Levstik Award on the Mladinska Knjiga Publishing House site
  4. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture, complete list of the Grand Prešeren Awards recipients[dead link]
  5. ^ Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts site

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