There are several sketches of the portrait of Queen Maria in the Legacy of Paja Jovanović and they are the evidence of the artist’s meticulous preparations for painting this representative painting. The canvas was kept in his studio in Vienna until 1952, when it was transferred to Belgrade. The painting forms a pair with the portrait of King Aleksandar Karađorđević. Both portraits were made after the wedding of Princess Maria Hohenzollern, daughter of the Romanian king Ferdinand I, and King Aleksandar in 1922.
Jovanović painted the portraits of King Aleksandar and Queen Maria Karađorđević on several occasions, made several sketches in pencil, and included the queen's image in the design for the thousand-dinar banknote of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1931.
With his portraits, Jovanović created supreme works that conformed to the poetics of Academic Realism and they earned him renown beyond the borders of Europe.