Seaside Motif

Živko Stojsavljević1963

The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection

The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection
Novi Sad, Serbia

From the late 1930s onwards motifs from the Adriatic coast were frequently present in the painter’s opus, and in certain periods they were even dominant. Unlike other works from this thematic whole, the Seaside Motif does not depict the sea, fishermen, or the waterfront of a seaside town, but inland countryside, shimmering under the fierce summer sun. In addition, the motif in this painting was interpreted in a noticeably different manner compared to Stojsavljević’s previous, blue-green period where cool tonalities dominated. The new approach was mainly apparent in the application of vivid colours, applied with swift, short brushstrokes, and the light, which seems to radiate from the colours themselves disintegrating the solidity of form by its expressiveness became the principal means of expression. The intensity of the colours, among which orange and green prevail, was brought to a culmination, while contrasts in brightness value and spatial depth were reduced to a minimum. The sunny landscape is free of human presence, which lends the painting as a whole a certain metaphysical note. This typical work from Stojsavljević’s late period, characterized by a palette of expressive colours, conflicting warm and cool tones and an accentuated facture, is a stylistic continuation of the colouristic painting of the 1930s, the reason why Beljanski wanted it for his collection at the time when it was already in the museum display.

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  • Title: Seaside Motif
  • Creator: Živko Stojsavljević
  • Date Created: 1963
  • Signatures, Inscriptions and Markings: signed in the bottom right corner: Стојсављевић
  • Provenance: In order to obtain the painting entitled Seaside Motif from Živko Stojsavljević, Pavle Beljanski gave to Stojsavljević another piece of his in return – Motif from Ada Ciganlija (1953). Since 1964 this painting is in The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection.
  • Physical Dimensions: w63.8 x h49.5 cm
  • Exhibition History: since 1964 - permanent exhibition of The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection; 2006 - the exhibition Živko Stojsavljević: life and opus; 2011 - the exhibition The Collection of Pavle Beljanski: Back in Belgrade, Gallery of the Military Club, Belgrade
  • Type: Oil on Hardboard
  • Rights: The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection
  • External Link: http://www.pavle-beljanski.museum/en/artwork.php?artwork=162
  • Medium: Oil on Hardboard

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