Artists in the Collection

Liza Križanić
(Kosjerić, 19 March 1905 – Belgrade, 3 May 1982)


Born as Draginja Marić and known since her early childhood by the nicknames of Draga and Liza, she married in 1926 the cartoonist and painter Pjer Križanić. She retained his surname even after their divorce in 1950. She received her
initial education in art in the Skopje High School (1919–1923) from Hristifor Crnilović. During her stay in Paris (1925–1926) she shared a flat with her friend, Desanka Maksimović, learned French, did a little painting in the studio of André Lhote with some advice from her future husband. She visited museums and galleries, attended classes
in esthetics and art history at the Sorbonne. She graduated (1931) from the Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy.
She received her education in painting (1931–1936) from Miloš Vušković and other artist friends, many of whom did portraits and nudes of her (Kumrić, Zora Petrović, Job, Uzelac, Milunović, Dobrović, Bešević, Gecan, etc.). She briefly attended Dobrović’s drawing classes, spent half a year at advanced studies in London and visited Rome in 1937. She painted mainly in oil, much less in tempera, pastel or water-colours. Above all she painted flowers, then motifs from Belgrade and Dubrovnik, landscapes, portraits and only a few interiors, stilllifes and figures. She did some drawings and mosaics (with M. Milunović and P. Milosavljević in the Yugoslav Drama Theatre), and she also wrote humorous comments which accompanied Pjer’s cartoons. She belonged to the intimist and poetic realist movements, sometimes intertwined with the spirit of colouristic expressionism. From 1939, she regularly participated group art exhibitions. Most of her works are kept and displayed in the Liza Marić-Križanić Legacy Gallery in Kosjerić and some in the National Museum in Belgrade and in the Belgrade City Museum.