Artworks in the Collection

Novi Sad (1935)

During the first half of the 1930s, in his Novi Sad period, Tabaković established a type of landscape defined by its affinity towards the idiosyncrasies of the local, domestic, one’s own, personal scenery/ countryside. Tabaković only ventured into intimate, exciting, secretive and lush landscapes around 1934 and later, in 1936, he wrote to Pavle Beljanski that the surroundings of Novi Sad, “the lush vegetation, the atmosphere, the richness of the terrain, the variety of colours and shapes and the lyrical brightness makes it possible”, for him to enter “a world of healthy and tame beauty.” The painting Novi Sad (1935) was the result the dedication Tabaković had to the local landscape and his love of it. Unusual in its viewpoint, with parts of the town only just discernable through the luxuriant summer treetops situated in the foreground through the dominant green tones, this and other related landscapes – masterfully painted and touching not just as Valéry-like image of nature, but also as testimonies to his moments of happiness spent in Novi Sad – appear to be poetic pretexts for images of his own emotions, magical empathic atmospheres which his later, often bleak prewar winter townscapes and panoramas of Belgrade did not even wish to repeat or emulate as an image of an irrevocably lost age.

Ivan Tabaković