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The Danube near Belgrade

Title: The Danube near Belgrade
Author: Nadežda Petrović
Location/Region: Belgrade
Chrolonology: 1900 - 2000
Museum: Belgrade City Museum
Country: Serbia
Closer Dating: 1901
Dimensions: 24 × 15 cm
Production Technique: Oil on canvas

Маrkоvić Јаsnа. Pејzаži Bеоgrаdа u XX vеku. Bеоgrаd: 2006; Тrifunоvić Lаzаr. Srpskо slikаrstvо 1900-1950. Bеоgrаd:1973; Аmbrоzić Kаtаrinа. Nаdеždа Pеtrоvić 1873-1915, Bеоgrаd: 1978; Nаdеždа Pеtrоvić 1873-1915: Put čаsti i slаvе, kаtаlоg, Bеоgrаd: 1998.


Nadežda Petrović (1873-1915) is the most important Serbian painter of the 19th and early 20th century. After the first lessons in drawing, she left Belgrade and continued her studies in Munich, then resided in Paris and Italy. Visits to European art centers influenced her creativity. Her art is divided into phases and different in each one: Munich phase, Serbian phase, Paris phase and the war period phase. She brought new way of painting to Serbia and in the beginning was not appreciated as an artist. She was active in the public life of Belgrade, organized exhibitions and colonies, was a teacher at an art school during the Balkan wars and a volunteer nurse at the war front.

Although she brought new tendencies in art to Serbia, her main theme remained true to the national themes. The main feature of her creation is the domination of colors, broad brush strokes, clear correlation between bright light and dark parts, and thick layers.