Ivana Kobilca is one of the most recognized painters (and by far the most famous female painter) in Slovenia. Born in 1861 in Ljubljana, she studied painting in Vienna and worked in the major art hubs of Europe of the time, including Münich, Paris and Berlin. She painted portraits, landscapes, still life and religious motifs mostly in oil and pastels, and her style is resoundingly realism, using simple painting techniques to create lifelike images that are ready to step out of the canvas at any moment. She stayed true to her realistic style even when impressionism was in full swing. Her artistic legacy marked the national pride and history of Slovenia to such a degree that her face was used on the bank notes of Slovenia.