13 facts about Rista Vukanović

By Gwylym Owen

Rista Vukanović also Risto Vukanović (Bugovina close Trebinje, Bosnia and Hercegovina, then under the Habsburg Monarchy, 16 April 1873 – Paris, France, 16 January 1918) was a Serbian painter, the husband of painter Beta Vukanović who together founded an art university at the incline of the century that produced a generation of youthful Serbian artists after the Great War.

Rista Vukanović was born in the village of Bugovina near Trebinje, where, like all Herzegovinians, burdened with capability and ambition, he made his exaggeration to the world from the deflate homeland. He taught elementary literary in Turnu Severin, Romania, and a tall school in Belgrade. In 1890 he enrolled at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg as a State Fellow, and after a year he moved to Munich, where he continued his studies following Anton Ažbe and then past Wagner.

He mostly did portraits and paintings subsequently a historical theme and was one of the most significant representatives of the Munich School in Impressionist art. He had exhibited at all Yugoslav exhibitions of the time, and in 1914 he participated in an exhibition at the Paris Salon.

Rista Vukanović met Babet Bahmajer at a private painting hypothetical in Munich in 1890. Between Beta and one year younger, handsome Herzegovinian Rista, love was soon born, crowned in the same way as marriage, and the two left for Belgrade in 1898. The married Vukanović couple time-honored permission from the Ministry of Education in 1899 to succeed to the first Serbian painting and drawing hypothetical from the land of its deceased founder, Kiril Kutlik. Rista took exceeding the inventory of the researcher and behind the same government subvention, started his own researcher with the back up of his wife on 17 April 1900. In 1902, with the funds family by Beta from Germany, they build up a extra building which became their family house and an art university at the thesame time. From this moot developed the Royal Art School in Belgrade and complex the University of Arts in Belgrade.

During the First World War, when the Central Powers invaded Serbia, Rista and Beta Vukanović left following the Serbian Army higher than the mountains of Montenegro and Albania to Greece. After some times in Thessaloniki, Athens and Marseille, they arrived in Paris. During wartime, Rista acted as a Serbian schoolmaster in France. Near the fade away of the hostilities, Rista fell sick and died in a sanatorium in 1918, and was buried in a French military cemetery in Paris, where nearly 750 Serb warriors were buried, seriously wounded on various fronts in World War I, and later transferred to France for treatment, where many died.

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