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Ljubomir Ivanović Drawings and Prints

Ljuba IvanovicA guest exhibition by the Ras Museum of Novi Pazar

Ljubomir Ljuba Ivanović (1882–1945), painter, graphic artist and a member of the Serbian Royal Academy, spent all of his life in Belgrade. He was born and educated in the city he knew well. In this very city, Ivanović early became aware that urban quarters perished easily, taking into oblivion the legends about their life. Deeply interested in timeless architectural values of the Belgrade Fortress and Christian and Islamic religious monuments, Ivanović made an exceptional record of them. His drawings and prints are documents about the epochs he visited in his mind and experienced in his unique way. Ivanović's experience of landscape is an exciting testimony of his feelings while he quietly travelled through stupendous areas of Serbia.

Ivanović approached landscape as a carefully chosen motif though which his superb drawing could get its full expression. At the same time, he masterly arranged the harmony of the composition, proportions, relations of light and shade and the play of light in dark interiors. His vigorous painter's handwriting remained unchanged throughout his illness, when he turned to linocut. Ivanović expressed his impressions veraciously and powerfully and transposed spiritual values through portraits, the images of interiors, bourgeois homes, figural compositions and still-lives.

Residence of Princess Ljubica,
No.8 Kneza Sime Markovića
January 18 - February 6, 2011  Tu, We, Fr, from 10-17, Th 12-20, Su 10-14 How to reach us Ticket pricesTicket price: 100 RSD
Concession: 50 RSD
Groups (10 or more people): 80 RSD
Concession groups: 40 RSD
Ticket for 4 museums (4/24): 200 RSD

Ivanović belonged to the circle of Serbian painters who studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts and gathered at the studio of Anton Ažbe. He painted a lot, exhibited his works in Yugoslavia and abroad and worked as a grammar school art teacher and a professor at the Male Pedagogical School and the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Ivanović was awarded the Order of St Sava. He became a corresponding member of the Serbian Royal Academy in 1922.

A multitude of illustrations published in journals and books of prints between 1903 and 1945, present Ljuba Ivanović as a distinctive artist, illustrator of hidden quarters of modern cities (OLD PARIS, 1932).

His opus is closest to impressionism. The inclination to capture glances of light on dilapidated walls of old buildings and crummy Oriental-style towns, the vibrant play of shadows in tree crowns and leaves of solitary oaks and slender poplars and park and street benches are the features that he shares with Impressionism. Through his artistic opus, Ivanović expressed his attitude to life and craving for freedom, sincerity and truth. He used to say: "A man is sincere only when he is alone". Ivanović's croquis of ordinary people with caps and hats, captured in time and preserved from oblivion, are particularly emphatic.

Ljubomir Ivanović played a pioneering role in affirming graphic art as an independent art discipline in the Serbian art of the early 20th century. Due to his efforts and his public advocacy of this art form, Ivanović became a model figure among his students at the Belgrade Arts School between 1919 and 1939: Mihailo Petrov, Stanislav Staša Beložanski, Stevan Bodnarov, Pavle Vasić, Desa Glišić, Mladen Josić, Pivo Karamatijević, Mirko Kujačić, Lazar Ličenoski, Petar Lubarda, Luka Mladenović, Milena Pavlović Barili and Branko Šotra.
Ivanović's graphic opuses were not numerous; however, the reproduction power of journals, newspapers and books ensured their wide circulation throughout the 20th century. Unforgettable drawings in pencil are an expression of his restless spirit of an explorer and collector of Serbian antiquities in fabulous areas of Serbia and other South Slavic regions.

This exhibition offers for the first time an opportunity to get an insight into distinctive artistic values of Ljuba Ivanović's works held by the Ras Museum of Novi Pazar. They were made in 1935, during the visit of this relentless artist to the city at the confluence of the Jošanica and Raška rivers, a medieval handicraft and commercial center – Novi Pazar.

Curartor of the exhibition:

Svetlana Čeković, art historian


Photo:Marija Stošić


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