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Zef Kolombi (1907-1949)



Zef Kolombi (1907-1949) was born in Sarajevo of a father from Shkodra and a mother from Slovenia. His parents died when he was very young and he was raised in Shkodra by his grandmother. After a difficult youth, he got a state scholarship from minister Hilë Mosi to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in 1929. He returned to Albania in 1933 and worked as an arts teacher at the Normal School (Shkolla Normale) in Elbasan. In 1941, he moved back to Shkodra, where he died at the age of 42. About 50 of his paintings and drawings, the earliest dating from 1926, are preserved today. Among them are portraits and tranquil landscape paintings, often infused with a touch of melancholy.
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01 Self-portrait, 1947
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

02 Nude, 1931
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

03 Ruins in Elbasan, 1938
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

04 Street in Elbasan, 1938
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

05 Landscape with Oxen, 1936-1937
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

06 Portrait of a Woman, 1933
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

07 Portrait of a Woman, 1937
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

08 Portrait of an Old Woman, 1937
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

09 Still Life with Grapes and Peaches, 1940
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

10 Still Life with Grapes and Pears, 1940
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

11 Highland Landscape
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

12 Boy Sitting in a Garden, 1941
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

13 Costume of Shkodra, 1947
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

14 Harvest Time, 1940
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

15 Lugja Canyon, 1948-1949
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

16 Three Pieces of Watermelon, 1940
(National Art Gallery, Tirana).

17 Portrait of Julian, 1946
(Art Gallery of Shkodra).