The Legacy of Betta Vukanović

Betta Vukanović bequeathed by her will 247 paintings, pastels, watercolours and drawings to the Belgrade City Museum. Certain objects from her studio, as well as medals, decorations and acts, were added to the painter’s legacy by purchase after her death. The legacy encompasses 293 objects, including 46 objects from the painter’s studio, medals, orders and acts purchased by the Museum in order to complete the collection. Babette – Betta Vukanović (née Bachmeyer) was born in Bamberg (Bavaria, Germany) in 1872. She died in Belgrade in 1972. Betta Vukanović began to study painting in Munich in 1891, at the studio of painter Anton Ažbe; she resumed her studies in Paris in 1897. Betta Vukanović was of Austrian origin. In 1898, she moved to Belgrade, after her marriage to Rista Vukanović. She began her work as an art pedagogue at the Serbian Drawing and Painting School in 1900, to resume it at her home between 1902 and World War I. She stood side by side with the first generation of Serbian painters who introduced Impressionism in Serbian art, though she remained faithful to landscape and human face. Her concept of painting remained within the scope of the Munich school of Impressionism.

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