VLAHO BUKOVAC – PAINTING OF EVERLASTING BEAUTY

23 December 2020 – 28 March 2021

Author of the exhibition and accompanying publication: Professor Igor Borozan, PhD

The display of selected works of Vlaho Bukovac at the SASA Gallery was envisaged per a concept of everlasting beauty.  The representation of idealized nature essentially marked the work of the Dalmatian painter, trained on academic and humanistic ideals of the Academy in Paris. The exhibited paintings created in the period 1878-1922 are results of the ideas (symbolism, orientalism, and scientific positivism) and stylistic expressions (academic realism, divisionism, and impressionism) of that time. Portraits, royal portraits, nudes and genre painting showcase both the painter’s need to continually transform and dynamic artistic and cultural life in Europe.

The exhibition is mainly based on Bukovac’s works from domestic art collections (The National Museum in Belgrade, Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, The Gallery of Matica Srpska, The Fine Art Collection of the Royal Compound in Dedinje, The Museum of Yugoslavia, Odbrana Media Center, the House of Jevrem Grujić, the Museum of the Rudnik and Takovo Region from Gornji Milanovac), along with fifteen works from the region (Modern Gallery from Zagreb, the National Gallery from Ljubljana, The House of Vlaho Bukovac, Serbian Church Municipality in Dubrovnik, private collections). The exhibition is accompanied by a monograph ‘The Artistic Transformations of Vlaho Bukovac in the Context of European Painting ‘ which sheds light on thematic framework and concepts of displayed works, selected to visualize vital periods of the painter’s life and work: Parisian period 1877–1893; Zagreb period 1893–1898; Cavtat intermezzo 1898–1903; Prague period 1903–1922.

The exhibition being held at the SASA Gallery symbolically attests to the painter’s affiliation to the SASA: a corresponding member of the Serbian Learned Society in 1884; an honorary member of the Serbian Royal Academy in 1892 and a full member of the Serbian Royal Academy in 1905.