Danube Virtual Museum

Pančevo Bridge

Title: Pančevo Bridge
Author: Beta Vukanović
Location/Region: Belgrade
Chrolonology: 1900 - 2000
Museum: Belgrade City Museum
Country: Serbia
Closer Dating: 1944
Dimensions: 43 × 29 cm
Production Technique: Aquarelle
Bibliography: Маrkоvić Јаsnа. Pејzаži Bеоgrаdа u XX vеku. Bеоgrаd: 2006; Тrifunоvić Lаzаr. Srpskо slikаrstvо 1900-1950. Bеоgrаd: 1973; Ristić Vera. Beta Vukanović. Beograd: 2004; Маrkоvić Јаsnа. Lеgаt Bеtе Vukаnоvić, Bеоgrаd: 1990.


Babet - Beta Vukanović (1872-1972) was a painter, cartoonist, art teacher, a pioneer in the field of modern illustrations, graphics and graphic design. Her artistic education began in Munich in 1891, and continued in Paris in 1897. A native Austrian, she married a painter and came to Belgrade in 1898. In 1904, she was one of the founders of Lada, the first Yugoslav Artistic Association. With Risto Vukanović she led the Art School in Belgrade, which grew into a National School of Arts and Crafts. She stood side by side with the first generation of Serbian painters who introduced impressionism to Serbian painting, but she remained faithful to painting still life and the human form.

During her long life she was a witness to the emancipation of the Balkans patriarchal environment. She observed Belgrade and participated in the conversion of an oriental town into a modern metropolis.

The picture shows the view of the Danube and the destroyed Pančevo Bridge (Bridge of King Peter II) from the painter's studio on the Student Square. It was created on 19th October 1944 during the liberation of Belgrade. A stray bullet pierced the screen image, and Beta circled the spot and wrote the date.