Artworks in the Collection

Zora PETROVIĆ
Still-life (1936)


Although Zora Petrović almost always included flower bunches, fruit plates, etc. in her figural compositions, she only painted still-lifes when she did not have a model, during the breaks between painting human figures, the basic motif in her art. All the characteristics of her painting were already present in her early still-lifes such as the Still-life from 1936: the characteristic quick handwriting, the precise brushstrokes suited to the given format, which treated both the motif and the background equally, the broad outline along the edge of the painted objects. Zora Petrović’s colouristic capabilities found their full expression in her still-lifes, her ability, in spite of her fast and energetic technique, to create subtle colouristic variations and refined harmonies, or resounding colours based on a combination of complementary colours even in stark contrasts. The difference between her early still-lifes and those she painted later on was that in the former case, the hollow of the space surrounding the motif was depicted in a realistic manner and suggested by the layout of the objects on the horizontal surface of the table, their sizes and the distance between them, whereas later the surface of the canvas covered in dense, high thick paste was dominant.

Zora Petrović