Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Katarine Ivanovic

oil on canvas
size unknown
National Museum of Serbia, Serbia

Katarina Ivanovic (1817-1882), was a Serbian painter and patriot, who lived mainly in Hungary. She was born in Hungary to a middle-class family. After studying in Budapest, she worked in Belgrade from 1846 to 1847. In later years, she spent a lot of time traveling and living at different places, including Paris and Zagreb. In 1876, she was a member of the Society of Teachers of Serbia where she was the first female academic. She primarily painted still lifes and portraits. Many works reflect the emergence of nationalist sentiment in the first half of the 19th century and reveal a transitional moment in Serbian society prior to the revolutions of 1848.

As is the case with many female artists, she had difficulty finding work and receiving public recognition during her life time. However, the Serbian Learned Society (the precursor to the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences) extended honorary membership to her towards the end of her life in 1880. Following her death, the Serbian Learned Society organized a commemoration in her honor.