Artworks in the Collection

Ljubomir Ljuba IVANOVIĆ
Interior (1915)

“Mr. Ivanović has a sober artistic temperament and he prefers proper classical painting to new impressionist studies on painting. He is now returning to his homeland, and since the so-called ‘Stilleben’ and inner intimate decoration are his strong points, I am of the opinion that he will be of much use in our arts and crafts courses,” said Haim Davičo, the commercial attaché at the Serbian consulate in Munich, in his report in 1909 to the Ministry of National Industry. The drawing entitled Interior represents exactly one such “intimate interior decorations”, Ivanović’s favorite themes from the earliest days of his career. In this orientation towards depicting interiors, one can notice the influence of one of Ljuba
Ivanović’s artistic role models from Munich – over fifty years stood between his small intimate interiors and similar works by Adolf von Menzel. The chromatically reduced colours in ochre-greengray tones with occasional red accents, as well as the intimate atmosphere and calmness show how complete Menzel’s influence was on Ivanović’s painting. This influence also extended on drawings with this theme, composed in a similar manner: a table covered with tablecloth, various objects on the table, a chair on the side, sometimes a female figure sitting at the table, a curtain
in the background, a door or window on the side, a source of light at the same time. A similar stroke in soft pencil corresponds to the free, restless brushstrokes. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the drawing Interior from the Beljanski collection seems to be a mirror image of the undated, but obviously contemporary, small oil painting entitled Interior from the Belgrade National Museum.

Ljubomir Ljuba Ivanović