Artists in the Collection

Mališa Glišić
(Baćevci, 6 November 1886 – Niš, December 1916)

In 1903, when he finished secondary school in Belgrade, with a series of uniformly average grades, the only ‘A’ grade that stood out was the one in Drawing. This was clearly the cause for Mališa Glišić to continue his education in Beta and Rista Vukanović’s Serbian School of Painting (1903). The chance to be exposed to the works of a few Slovenian impressionists at the First Yugoslav Art Exhibition in Belgrade in 1904, revealed his own passion for painting. As early as December that same year, he painted Tašmajdan, which was, according to many art historians, the first Serbian
impressionist painting: the choice of light, the luminous palette and the partial disintegration of the painted form in this work mark a significant moment in Serbian painting. His exhibition in Belgrade shop windows in 1907 provided the references for Mališa Glišić’s studies at the Munich Academy (1908). The continental German sky, however, did not fulfill the painter’s impressionist inspirations. In search of Mediterranean light, he went to paint to Rome. On the shore of the Tyrrhenian Sea his canvasses worthy of anthologies firstly appeared, in the spirit of Segantini’s pointillist (divisionist) approach to the light components of a painting (intermittently from March 1910 to May 1912). He painted large scale canvases, with relief factures tight form and harmonious light vibrations. He took part in the Balkans wars and World War I and this changed his painting style. The format got smaller and the thick paste strokes grew longer,
human figures appeared in the paintings, but his obsession with light was still present. Taking part in military operations, Glišić died in Niš, and his gravesite is unknown. He was a member of the “Medulić” Artists’ Association through which he exhibited his work at the 1911 International Exhibition in Rome and in 1912 in Belgrade, at the
Fourth Yugoslav Art Exhibition.