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Female nude sitting on a red frock

Female nude sitting on a red frock

  • Author: Paja Jovanović
  • Date: 1918–1920
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 115 х 211 cm
  • Inventory number: LPJ 367

Paja Jovanović achieved the full expression of his artistic freedom in the genre of nude. He found inspiration and an ideal model in his wife Hermina. Hermina Dauber (1892–1972) met Paja Jovanović about 1905 in Budapest, when she became his model. They married in March 1917. The painter’s most intimate person, more widely known as Möuny, left scant information about herself. She was born as a citizen of the Habsburg Empire and she spoke German and Hungarian. Möuny’s harmonious body proportions, beautiful face and seductive look in her eyes remained throughout her life the source of the artist’s admiration and inspiration. She was perpetuated in numerous nudes, portraits and mythology paintings. It was her wish to bequeath her favourite works by Paja Jovanović from their personal collection to the Belgrade City Museum. They were handed over to the Museum after her death in 1972. The paintings that once adorned the walls of their home in Vienna once again became a part of the artist’s Belgrade studio in the Museum of Paja Jovanović.

Out of 35 nudes held by the Belgrade City Museum, 13 nudes from Paja Jovanović’s Legacy feature Mrs Hermina Jovanović.

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