Fisherman's Gate

  • Era/Century: 20th
  • Author: Đorđe Krstić
  • Dating: 1906
  • Material: canvas
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: height 208, width 100 cm
  • ID Number: U 159
  • Property: Belgrade City Museum
  • On Display: No

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Djordje Krstić (1851-1907) was the most talented and the most consistent artist of the Serbian 19th century painting, admired both by his contemporaries and young admirers, the leading Serbian impressionists Nadežda Petrović, Kosta Miličević and Bora Stevanović. He pained the still life entitled the Fisherman's Gate in his late, the richest period of work in Belgrade, in a house in the Dorćol area, at 35 Zmaj Jovina Street. A novelty in Krstic's creativity was his method of painting. He paints on a dark background paste-like, with wide brushstrokes, giving the impression of speed and power. The sunshine did enter into his paintings, bringing him close to the forerunners of the Serbian plain air painters and impressionists.

As a painter of integrity and a man of multiple interests, he was well versed in problems of academic realistic painting, which he demonstrated in his best works, Babakaj and Fisherman's Gate, representing a different kind of painting which reigned supremely in Europe in the late 19th century. He created his own world of painting out of what he saw and felt deeply in his soul. This painting has been preserved in Djordje Krstić's family and is a masterpiece, the most complete achievement of the ideas and the spirit of realism in the history of Serbian painting.


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