Artists in the Collection

Leposava Bela St. Pavlović
(Belgrade, 17 August 1906 – Belgrade, 23 April 2004)


Like many other young women from distinguished Belgrade families, Leposava Pavlović completed a preparatory course with Beta Vukanović in Belgrade School of Art. Following the diplomatic postings of her father, she resumed her studies in Bucharest with J. A. Steriadi, a highly acclaimed painter, graphic artist and academy professor. Upon
her return to her homeland, she graduated from the Faculty of Philology in 1929; she simultaneously completed her studies (1930) and specialist studies (1932) at the academic course of the School of Art in Belgrade. She mastered the art of drawing under the tutelage of Lj. Ivanović, who was the most prominent drawing artist in these parts, and she owed her painting skills to the masters of the palette, B. Vukanović and M. Milovanović. As a member of “Lada” from
1938 and soon as its secretary and later president and honorary president for life, she staged many of the Society’s exhibitions throughout Serbia along with two anniversary exhibitions in the National Museum (1974 and 1995). She had solo exhibitions in Bucharest, Skopje and Belgrade. She taught French at the Faculty of Philology, worked as a translator and reviewer, published studies on Romanian folk literature, gave numerous lectures, protected the copyrights of her cousin, Slobodan Jovanović, wrote catalogue prefaces, counseled young people and donated her
paintings away for charity. Although versatile and forced by circumstances to dedicate herself to other activities, she never stopped drawing, painting and illustrating. At the end of the 1920s she became attached to the poetics of new. From the beginning of the thirties, she followed moderate expressionism, poetic realism and intimism. Most of her works are kept in the National Museum in Belgrade and in The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection. Having donated her own works and an album containing those of her contemporaries to the Documentary Fund of The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, Bela Pavlović became one of the most significant donors of the Collection. Part of this material was displayed at the exhibition of drawings by Leposava Bela Pavlović (1998), at an exhibition of illustrations accompanying the poems of Jovan Jovanović Zmaj (2005), as well as at the exhibition Drawings and Graphic Art in The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection (2005).