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Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience

Programme | 13.09.2013

















Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience

The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection in Novi Sad, 2 Galleries’ Sq.
September 13 – October 6, 2013

The exhibition Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience was realised as a joint effort of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade and the Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection of. It showcases 11 works by Sava Šumanović from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as 6 works from the Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, created during his three stays in Paris, where he was deemed the most gifted among the Yugoslav artists active on the scene of the French capital. The selected works (15 paintings and 2 drawings) offer subjects and motifs characteristic for Šumanović as a proponent of the “Parisian school of painting”: cityscapes, landscapes, still lifes, and nudes. The centrepieces of this exhibition are monumental-size paintings Doručak na travi (Breakfast on the Grass) (1927) and Veliki akt (Great Nude) (1929). The exhibition set is supplemented by otherwise rarely seen letters which the painter sent while sojourning in the French capital, as well as the geographic map of Montparnasse and the most prominent places in Paris where he lived and worked.

The art of Sava Šumanović (Vinkovci, January 22, 1896 – Sremska Mitrovica, August 30, 1942) was marked by his years of professional training and living in Zemun, Zagreb, Paris, and Šid, which is when he developed his distinctive sensibility as a painter. Having been for some time a student at André Lhote’s studio at the beginning of the 1920s, although inclined towards the painting of Paul Sézanne and Vincent van Gogh, Šumanović went on to develop his own expression as a synthesis of Cubist and Constructivist principles, effectively underscored by sumptuous and thick strokes of paint. The dominant subjects are landscapes, and also female nudes, in the nature or in the interior. The cycle Šidjanke (Women from Šid) reveals the essence of Šumanović’s painterly expression, acknowledged as an anthology piece of colourist painting in the national art history. 

The exhibition Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience is a result of the collaboration between two authors: a historian of art, Jasna Jovanov (PhD), and Gordana Krstić Faj. The curator was Marta Đarmati.

During the exhibition (September 13 – October 6), there will be various accompanying programmes, such as the projection of the documentary film Putevi (Roads), made by Aleksandar Petrović in 1958 (September 19), and exhibition interpretation and discussion (October 3).

Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience
Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience
Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience
Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience
Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience
Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience
Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience
Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience
Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience
Sava Šumanović’s Parisian experience