Drawings by Petar Dobrović Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade http://cir.msub.org.rs 13.02.2015. to 01.03.2016.

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The representation of different problematic and thematic wholes of the artistic activity of Petar Dobrović (1890–1942) continues with an exhibition of his drawings. Drawing occupies an extremely important place in Dobrović's body of works, and the artist himself, a distinct colorist, emphasizes that drawing is the bearer of an idea, while the color merely gives the mood. The most voluminous whole in his body of drawings is constituted of the representations of nudes, female and male, as sketches or studies, mostly created after a model. The nude drawings developed in Paris between 1912 and 1914 stand out with their characteristics as an example of the earliest dissolution of motif in our parts, and represent a significant individual contribution to the forming of early modernism in this environment. Dobrović is the first our author who, by adopting Cézanne's research and cubistic experiences, applies in his work the principles of analysis of space and form, and with this creates a shift as compared to the dominant model. The group of drawings created between 1917 and 1924 reflects Dobrović's interests in mythological, allegorical, Biblical and historical themes, in an endeavor to create “the monumental style of the twentieth century“, as one of the artist's response to the Great War and its consequences. The series of drawings with representations of private spaces Dobrović builds like a sort of chronicle of modern civil life, which describes his wife, son, members of extended family and friends, in everyday situations. With the drawings of street scenes, and jobs done by laborers, farmers, fishermen, masons, butchers, Dobrović observes, notices and records the characteristics of social milieu. A series of drawings emerge in the cities in which Dobrović stays, like Pécs, Florence, Prague, Hvar, Dubrovnik, or he draws landscapes around those places. These are always seaside towns, with lots of vegetation, in the summer period, and there are almost no urban wholes and large cities, like Paris or Belgrade. In the landscape drawings we notice impulsivity, briskness, emphasized gesture characteristic of Dobrović's painting, and the affirmation of line resulted from quick, dynamic writing out on the surface of paper. Dobrović's complex work, his body of painting and his extraordinary body of drawings, determine the affiliation of this author with a broader circle of European ideas and movements. 

The Gallery of Petar Dobrović was opened on June 5th 1974; the founder of the gallery is the City of Belgrade. The Foundation Fund of the Gallery is constituted of the collection that the artist’s family (his wife Olga and his son Đorđe Dobrović) donated to the City of Belgrade. The first fund of the gallery is comprised of 124 original works of art of the author Petar Dobrović. Upon foundation, the City of Belgrade gave over the gallery to the professional care of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. Today the Gallery depot also keeps the other works from the family ownership, which Đorđe Dobrović, the artist’s son, bequeathed to Belgrade, in 2002. Besides the works of art, the Gallery is also constituted of expansive documentation and the card index of the works of Petar Dobrović, which was, through decades, dedicatedly and expertly handled by the artist’s wife, Olga Dobrović. The Gallery of Petar Dobrović is a must place not only for observation and enjoyment, but also for systematic study of the body of works of Petar Dobrović (1890–1942), one of the main protagonists of Serbian modernism. We are talking about the main Dobrović’s works, numerous portraits of intellectuals, hedonist portraits en plein air, of women, friends, important and small people, self-portraits, landscapes from Dalmatia, vedutas of Venice and Dubrovnik, still-lifes. In the Gallery, thematic and problematic exhibitions take place that, from different aspects, present and analyze the layered and complex work of Petar Dobrović. In 1989, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade published a monograph of the first fund of the Gallery of Petar Dobrović.

Working hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, from 10:00 to 17:00. Admission is free of charge. 

Gallery curator: Žana Gvozdenović, museum advisor

Curator guiding for groups is available and requires making reservation in advance through e-mail: zaklina@msub.org.rs


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