Important people from Virovitica

Mirko Danijel Bogdanić

Well known mathematician and astronomer. He was born in the City of Virovitica and went to college in Zagreb, Pesta and Wienna. In the year 1792 he published his first book of the world history in Croatian language called “World events”. Some texts from astronomy were in Croatian but most of the in Latin like “Ephemerides astronomicae”. With well known astronomers he watched stars and planets and published results of his researches. According to his data, many different geography maps of Croatia are made. In 18 century, Bogdanic worked in Great Varazdin and Budim. He traveled to Croatian cities and places doing astronomic measures and observations.

Fortunat Pintarić (1798-1867)

He was Croatian composer, Franciscan, and singing teacher. He was born in Cakovec and most part of his life he spent in Virovirica where he was abbot from the year 1860 until 1866. His most known composition was “Dudas” and he also made smaller piano forms like pastoral, sonata and fantasy. His well known composition is “Crkvena lira”.

Tomislav Maretić (1854-1938)

This famous Slavic was born in Virovitica. He went to high school in Varazdin and Pozega and studied Linguistic in Zagreb. He mastered Slavistic in 1833 and published science papers on the Academy where he was also a President. He was mostly dedicated to Lexicology, and also edited great Academy Dictionary. His most important work is Grammar and Stylistic of Croatian and Serbian Literary language. As a professor in Faculty of Philosophy, he was also engaged in literacy and translation of classic works. He translated Iliad and Odyssey.

Jan Vlašimsky (1861-1942)

Jan Vlašimsky was born in Czech Republic in Vševy in 1861. After he finished high school, he studied violin in military-music institute in Prague. In Hungarian city Pecs, he worked as a conductor of concert music orchestra where he also got married. When he was 25 years old, he arrives in Virovitica during the contest for new chapel master of the Society for Music Promotion (City Music Orchestra today) and the teacher of fiddle. From that time and next 50 years, whole music life of Virovitica is connected to his work. Half of the century he was a chapel maser of the Society for Music Promotion. From 1890 until 1919 he was a conductor of Rodoljub and Sloga and later Mladost Society, and sometimes he conducted other singing chores, tambura and string orchestra. Besides that, he was talented music pedagogue and teacher. Thanks to his work, Virovitica got in 1883 one of the oldest music schools in north Croatia. Especially popular was the violin course but also other instruments like piano, harmonica, cello and tambura. During his time, Virovitica had several goods string and tambura orchestra. Vlašimsky left many other compositions because he composed for all Virovitica music orchestra and chores just like Ivan pl. Zajc.

Kamilo Kolb (1887-1965)

He was compositor, conductor, music critics and publicist. He was born in Okucani and most of his life he spent in Virovitica. He become priest and served in 1909 in Orahovica. He was also in Ilok, Našice, Osijek, and last couple of years of his life he was in Virovitica. He made 1210 compositions, 3 oratories, 50 masses and many songs. From the year 1945 until 1950 he was in prison in Stara Gradiska.

Miroslav Feldman (1899-1976)

Writer who was born in Virovitica. He studied Medicine in Zagreb and Wienna. He worked as a doctor in Virovitica, Osijek and Sarajevo and in 1944 in El Shatt and El Khataba. His famous psychological dramas are: Vožnja, Gđa Dor, Profesor Žic, Doći će dan. While he was student in Wienna he published collection Iz sunca, and then Arhipelag snova, and after that under the influence of World War II, he also wrote war poetry. His well known dramas are Zec and Iz mraka (Zec drama was often forbidden).

Franjo Fuis (1908-1943)

This journalist and writer was born in Virovitica. After he finished officer school in Split, he again returned in Virovitica but he was often away due to his military obligations. He was also a poet and creator of Croatian touristic journalism. In Zagreb newspaper “Omladina” he published one of his first stories Ubogi Vanja. A part of his opus he dedicated to Croatian Istria. Under the pseudonym Fra Ma Fu, he published romantic verses of entertaining-journalist characters (Tajna svjetionika sv. Luke). Mostly, he published in Zagreb newspapers “Novosti”. He died in airplane accident.

Franjo Paulik (1921-1995)

Croatian opera singer, tenor and soloist of Zagreb Opera. He was born in Virovitica. He begins his musical career in 1941 in Zagreb. His most famous parts are: Vašek u Prodanoj nevjesti, Herod u Salomi, Šujski u Borisu Godunovu, Sokolović u Nikoli Šubiću Zrinskom and many others. He performed in many European opera stages, especially in part Vašek and Šujski.

Stjepan Trick (1897-1990)

He studied painting on Zagreb Academy of Art and craft in 1915/19 and his teachers were painters F. Kovačević, B. Csikos. Lj. Babić. After that he chooses to be a teacher in Virovitica and his own painting work falls into the other plan. In 1962, he completely stops with painting activities. In small opus of oil, aquarelle and drawings is defined style equality in classic art expression with emphasized characteristics of his own style.

Nikola Trick (1926-1984)

He graduated in Academy of art in Zagreb in 1953. Shortly, he was a teacher and from 1960 he was totally dedicated to painting (oil, pastel and drawing). Dynamics of his art style dictated different techniques and themes. Nikola Trick was a painter of special Virovitica veduts, surroundings and portraits.

Teodor Trick

He was born in Virovitica in 1930. He graduated in Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade in the year 1954. Whole life he was a teacher but at the same time he was engaged to applied characters of arts. During his retirement, he intensified his painting activities. He was dedicated to pastel techniques by which he created compositions of the environment, vedute and genre. Virovitica fundus of 20 century art was greatly enriched in 1982 by the donation of the literary Branimir Glumac, and it is placed within the standing collection of the City Museum. Collection contains 120 graphics, drawings, paintings and sculptures from mostly Croatian eminent authors with almost all style directions of Croatian art of the 20 century. City Museum from its founding in 1953 until today managed to create rich and painting collection (more than 100) which is still growing.