Artists in the Collection

Živko Stojsavljević
(Benkovac, 1 October 1900 – Belgrade, 19 January 1978)


After finishing grammar school in Zadar, where Stojsavljević received his first lessons in painting, he decided to continue his education in Italy. Without help from anyone, taking any work available in order to survive, he managed to finish two prestigious Italian art academies between 1918 and 1924, The Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Florence and the Higher Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Rome. On returning to his native Dalmatia, he first painted in the style of the secession, and later on he fell under the influence of constructivism. He came to Belgrade at the beginning of the thirties, joined the artistic circles by regularly participating in the Spring and Autumn Exhibitions and holding four outstanding solo exhibitions. During that period, his painting could be classified under the heading of poetic realism and intimism. Faithful to his own poetics, he continued painting in a similar manner in the post-war period as well, despite all the difficulties. His briefly interrupted string of exhibitions was resumed by the end of the war, through
participations in countless collective exhibitions in the country and abroad in addition to regular solo exhibitions. In 1952, he became a member of the “Lada” Society of Serbian Artists. Two periods can be clearly distinguished in Stojsavljević’s post-war creative chronology: the green-blue and the late – colouristic periods. The first one, which was present in his artistic work during the forties and fifties, was typified by solid forms, colour value modelling and colouristicic expression, with the dominance of characteristic, greenish tones. His late period, which lasted from the early sixties to the end of his life, was marked by a return to an impressionist way of painting, accompanied by a forceful colouristicic expression. From his student days to his old age, he was involved in decorative wall-painting, fresco
painting and stained glass. In addition, he worked in the field of education for almost four decades, guiding many generations of his students towards the profession of painting.