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Jewish Mahala in Belgrade

  • Era/Century: 20th
  • Author: Nadežda Petrović
  • Dating: 1908
  • Material: canvas
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: height 96, width 70 cm
  • ID Number: U 456
  • Property: Belgrade City Museum
  • On Display: No

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Nadežda Petrović (1872-1915) was among the first students of the newly created Serbian School of Drawing and Painting in Belgrade in 1896-1897. She continued her education in Munich and painted in an impressionist style, influenced by Igor Grabar. Her first independent exhibition of paintings took place at the School of Higher Learning in Belgrade in 1900. She shaped her artistic style by plain air painting. From 1903 on, she painted the environs of Belgrade and worked on mounting Yugoslav art exhibitions in 1904, 1906 and 1912. She tried and found her own expression suitable to her individual perception of reality and created a modern art masterpiece in Serbian painting. Like impressionists, she painted her shadows in blue and violet and the most sensitive portions of the picture in orange.

This landscape is of an avant-garde character and reflects her strong and talented personality. It belongs to her brief impressionist phase, which she cherished too, as evidenced by her signature on the few paintings from that period.

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