Qeeen Maria Karađorđević

Qeeen Maria Karađorđević

  • Author: Paja Jovanović
  • Date: 1922
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 210 х 102 cm
  • Inventory number: LPJ 15

Several sketches for the portrait of Queen Maria have been preserved in the painter’s Legacy, which testifies about his meticulous preparations to paint this representative portrait. The painting was held in his studio in Vienna until 1952, when it was transferred to Belgrade. The counterpart of this painting was the portrait of King Aleksandar Karađorđević. These paintings were made after the wedding of Princess Maria Hohenzollern, a daughter of King Ferdinand I Hohenzollern of Romania, and King Alexander I Karađorđević in 1922.

Paja Jovanović portrayed King Aleksandar and Queen Maria on several occasions. He also made sketches in pencil and used the Queen’s image for the design of the 1000 dinar note of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1931.

The portraits painted by Jovanović are supreme works created within the poetics of Academic Realism and they made him famous beyond the borders of Europe.

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