Alexander Dzigurski 1911 - 1995
(Mt. Triglav, Slovenia's symbol of strength and independence)
Oil on canvas, 33 1/2 x 45
|This painting has come to the United States from Vienna, Austria in 2005. The title "Wochein," Dzigurski's signature, and the year of '43 are clearly marked on the painting.
Alexander Dzigurski was in Vienna during 1943. As his young family was slated to be transported out of Slovenia by the Nazis, they escaped, to Nazi controlled Vienna. To survive, the thirty-two year old Alexander painted houses, but found an opportunity to create this remarkable work of Slovenia's Mt. Triglav near the town of Bohinj. The circumstances surrounding how he came to do this painting are still unknown, but with Mt. Triglav being a symbol of Slovenian strength, one can't help but wonder if this were Dzigurski's way of expressing resistance in response to the Nazi's invasion of his homeland.
In German, Bohinj and the surrounding region is called "Wochein." Mt. Triglav reaches a height of 2,864 meters (9,396 feet), and is located in northwest Slovenia (part of the former Yugolsavia). The Wochein region is part of the Julian Alps, not far from the Austrian Slovenian border, and contains Slovenia's Triglavski National Park.