Mavro Rein's House

1st January 1970

The house of the eminent Osijek Rein family – lawyer Mavro Rein, PhD, and his son Ivan, a very important Osijek and Paris painter, whose rich opus was interrupted by his death in World War II.

The house of the eminent Osijek lawyer Mavro Rein, PhD, was designed in 1912 by the famous Osijek architect Viktor Axmann. Mavro was the father of the important Osijek painter Ivan Rein, whose rich opus was interrupted by his death in World War II. He completed his studies of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in the class of the famous Croatian painter Vladimir Becić. After graduation he went to Paris, where he had his first solo exhibition in 1933. From 1934 to 1941 he participated in many exhibitions in Paris and Zagreb. Rein joined the partisans in 1943, but was severely wounded and captured by Ustasha soldiers. After torture and an unsuccessful operation, he died in a hospital in Sisak in December 1943. In the same year, his parents were killed in the Jasenovac and Stara Gradiška camps. His sister Renata was the only survivor of the Holocaust and moved to Canada after the war. After the war, 900 of his works, out of almost 2,000 he created in Paris, were saved and delivered to Croatia, and some of them were sent to Osijek.
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