7 facts about Danica Jovanović

By Gwylym Owen

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Danica Jovanović (4 January 1886 – 12 September 1914) was a Serbian painter. She was allowance of a generation of Serbian modernists who began their art education at the introduction of the 20th century, and whose creative rise was interrupted by the Balkan Wars and the First World War. Jovanović was accused of patriotism and was executed in the Petrovaradin fortress during the beginning of World War I.

Jovanović was born in Beška as the fifth child in a peasant family. She was educated by her professor and director of the Girls’ High School in Novi Sad, Arkady Varadjanin, the Serbian Women’s Charity Association from Novi Sad, and the Dundjerski family. She started theoretical at the age of eighteen at the Higher Serbian Girls’ School in Novi Sad (1903-1907), then continued her education at the School of Arts and Crafts in Belgrade (1907-1909), with Beta Vukanović and in Munich at the Women’s Academy of Painting (1909 – 1914). Along in imitation of her training in painting, she was also practicing in the decree of the Serbian patriotic membership Srbadija in Munich. During her schooling in Belgrade and Munich, as well as during her summer vacations in Beška, she painted intensively, which resulted in an artistic legacy of hundreds of works.

In 2014, an exhibition of her feint was held by Odbrana Media Center in cooperation subsequently the Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection and the Matica Srpska Gallery.

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