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Kosovo Girl

Kosovo Girl

  • Author: Uroš Predić
  • Date: 1919
  • Material: panel
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 115 x 88 cm
  • Inventory number: U 179

Kosovo Girl was done in Belgrade according to an inocongraphic model created by painter Ferdo Kikerec in 1879. Executed in the style of academic realism the painting reflects the principles embraced and applied by the artist trained at the Academy of Art in Vienna. Predić started work on this painting on the eve of World War I and finished it in 1919. The sketch was made in 1914 at the request of the Kolo Srpskih Sestara charity and was to be used for making picture postcards sold for humanitarian purposes. The painter was inspired by the national myth about the first Serbian nurse. The motif of the painting is the sight of the battlefield immediately after the Battle of Kosovo (1389). The composition conveys a patriotic message and, thanks to abundant details of realistically portrayed battlefield and fighters, represents a documentary rather than a monumental work of art. The painting was to be reproduced using the oleographic technique. Ordered for Adam Čaklović from Zagreb, it became tremendously popular.

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