Artworks in the Collection

Concert in Dubrovnik (1956)

Peđa Milosavljević’s fascination with Dubrovnik was so noticeable and expressive that he was often called its “poet”, and he created an original lyrical concept of this city in the south of the Adriatic. He painted it from the sea, with a view of the Stradun, Konavle and Cavtat, focusing on girls strolling down the stairs, filling Lokrum with colours… Only when he had absorbed enough of that Dubrovnik atmosphere did Peđa hide it behind the music, which was given the entire area of the painting the Concert in Dubrovnik. The string section, especially the cellos, enhance the sensuality of the city and mingle with the sailboats on the sea, but also with the belfries and spires by the Dubrovnik city walls. Peđa’s recognizable colouring heightens this surreal representation and contributes to the type of fluid intertwined with the timelessness and eternity that city carries in itself, destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout its history. Therefore, the painter saw this destination in a slightly visionary and slightly nostalgic way, as a stage, where the people stroll around with long-necked instruments, which rise above the stone, but also merge with it. The city of the old Republic brought together the poet and the painter in Peđa Milosavljević, created a symbiosis of the literary and the visual, perhaps like no other place the artist had visited. Creating parallels with Byzantium through this composition too, Peđa turned equally to the west, for there is no other way of perceiving the city of St. Blasius; seen through the eyes of this painter and poet, it became even more enthralling and seductive.

Predrag Peđa Milosavljević