21 Works, June 16th. is Pavle “Paja” Jovanović’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #164

Paja Jovanović
The Wounded Montenegrin (Ranjeni Crnogorac), c. 1882

Oil on canvas
114 by 186 centimetres (45 in × 73 in)
Gallery of Matica Srpska, Serbia

The original oil painting shows a wounded youth surrounded by ten peasants in a humble, single-room dwelling. The peasants wear hand-sewn shirts, rough leggings and leather shoes. They stand over a dirt floor, and in the background, a collection of eating utensils hang precariously from a makeshift shelf. The youth is cradled in the arms of a crouching, shaved-headed warrior. The two are surrounded by a pair of heavily armed men on either side of them. Nearby, a light-haired girl quietly grieves. To the right of these figures stands a grief-stricken old man. To the far right, two figures can be seen standing inauspiciously in the shadows. More on this painting

Pavle “Paja” Jovanović (16 June 1859–30 November 1957) was a Serbian painter who painted more than 1,100 works including: The Wounded Montenegrin (1882) (See above), Decorating of the Bride (1886) (See below) and Migration of the Serbs (1896) (See below). Paja was also the premier portraitist of Europe after 1905, he painted the Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria over 14 times, he painted royalty, major industrialists, scientists, bankers, oil barons and monopolists, including certain heirs to the Standard Oil fortune in the United States of America. He was a very sought after portraitist world-wide, this made him incredibly wealthy in his lifetime. Many European and international museums carry his works, signed under various names including: Paul Joanowitch in the National Gallery of Victoria and also two portraits in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Paul Joanowits, Paul Ivanovitch, Paul Joanovitch, Paul Joanovitsch, P. Joanowitsch and others…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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