Artworks in the Collection

Ivan TABAKOVIĆ
Winter in Senjak (1940)


Numerous Belgrade landscapes were painted after 1938 and during the war years. With a few exceptions, Tabaković depicted exclusively motifs from Senjak, where he lived and from where he obviously drew all the views which could interest him in a townscape or a panorama. A luminous and wistful painting entitled Winter in Senjak (1940) stands out among the group of landscapes-panoramas from Senjak, which was, according to his journal, painted in January and in which Tabaković was methodically testing the possibilities of blue and white tones in the painting in order to avoid the monotony of the scenes/ views of snow-covered Belgrade, from the window of his studio in the Ristić family house. The rhythm of the painting was created with the use of several horizontal levels (the first level with the snow-covered ground and the wooden fence, the second level with the nearest bright and white buildings, the third level, which connects the panorama of the city with the line of the bluish winter sky) cut across by the verticals of the naked trees (by the rhythm of the crisscrossed lines of the roofs and the lines of the chimneys in the third level). The numerous scenes painted from the window of his studio, give the impression that Tabaković never ever left Senjak, that the house in Senjak was a sanctuary or a voluntary “prison” chosen at a difficult time, as a paradoxical private space – private exterior encompassed by the view and assimilated into his own world of privacy.

Ivan Tabaković