Artworks in the Collection

Woman with Fruit (1927/28)

Pavle Beljanski had a well thought-out approach in the selection of works by Sreten Stojanović as well. In that way he achieved that certain exhibits by a particular author manifest significant episodes in the development of their artistic concept. After the Mexican Woman, created at the beginning of the artist’s stylization epoch, appears the Woman with Fruit from 1927/28 with a date which ended this period otherwise determined by key examples: the Portrait of a Friend (1920) and the Portrait of My Wife (1928). While in Paris he joined a group of young sculptors who had turned towards the authentic origins of sculpture thanks to Gauguin’s discovery. In his Woman with Fruit Stojanović remained true to Bourdelle’s advice from his school days to observe the works of old sculptors and learn from them. Sensing the essence in modern European tendencies in sculpting, inspired by the wooden idols of Polynesia, black art, the sculpture of the Far East and of primitive peoples, of ancient Greece, Romanesque and Gothic art, Sreten Stojanović preserved in this figurine the plastic authenticity and purity within the framework of a firm construction of mildly stylized forms. As one of the founders of the group “Form” which came into existence the previous year, he was striving to “find in natural forms the expression of what is the most absolute plastic art” (Rastko Petrović) and to achieve the essence of form in space. Stojanović’s works, including Woman with Fruit, place him among the pioneers of modern Serbian sculpture.

Sreten Stojanović