Self-portrait on Painter's Palette

  • Era/Century: 20th
  • Author: Nikola Milojević
  • Dating: 1900
  • Material: canvas
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: height 34, width 26 cm
  • ID Number: U 69
  • Property: Belgrade City Museum
  • On Display: No

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Nikola Milojević (1865-1942) was the favourite painter of Belgrade's merchants, craftsmen and public officials. For decades he had painted portraits in a naturalist style on a neutral background, without entering into the psychology of the model. His best painting in this genre was his Self-portrait.

This painting, unique in his works, is specific by the composition of the picture as a whole. It is painted in an innovative way on the unprepared wooden palette with four painting brushes in the finger hole and a metal plate, thus creating freshness and directness. The portrait, arranged in this way, was then fixed on a red velvet background and put under glass with a neo-classicist frame. The Self-portrait of Nikola Milojević represents a unique experiment, with a suggestive inspiration, and stands out, by itself, among his works. It is one of his three preserved self-portraits, painted in 1900 Belgrade in his studio at 30 Knez Mihailova Street.


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