Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Princess Ljubica Residence Belgrade Serbia

Dear Art lover,
     The residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia, was built around 1830.  It is of relatively simple design, but very distinct from surrounding buildings.  Perhaps the yard and gate also differentiate this space.  I saw it only at night and from the outside a couple of years ago [August 2012].  I must say that I love the night view of the architecture. Here ya go:  http://artbyborsheim.blogspot.it/2012/08/belgrade-serbia-art-architecture.html

residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia

   It is a lovely place and the main point seems to be to remind locals and visitors that the Turks had a lot of influence in Serbia’s past.  My local friends told me that Princess Ljubica used to open her home to citizens on Sunday for free [as in open] conversations or perhaps for her to know the concerns of the people.  Apparently, each Sunday afternoon, an actor plays the part of the princess and visitors may imagine what the conversations of old felt like.

residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia

residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia

      I really hate how people butcher trees.  Tell me all the reason you like about why this must be done, but in the end… it is unnatural and ugly.  However, despite this, these tree branches corkscrew a bit and I found that a fun contrast from all the straight line architecture.

     There were paintings in most rooms, often several actually.  My first response to most of them was, sadly, “eewww.”  I later had these two grow on me a bit.  It must have been the birds, hahaha.  The artist is Arsenije Petrović    A Girl with a Flower Basket (oil on canvas, 1845-50) and A Boy with a Pigeon (oil on canvas, 1852).


Portrait oil painting residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, SerbiaPortrait oil painting residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia 

     This last portrait is included here because the conversation my friends and I had in front of it was interesting to me.  Basically they were telling me how the cultures mixed.  So, you may see that the dress has under layers that appear more “folk-y” with bright blues, whites, and orange colors.  There is a garland of fruit that has a feel of country life.  The next layer is more refined with a sort of solid peach color decorated with white lace patterns.  Then you top that off with a dark colored Turkish jacket.  

     This is an oil painting of Smilja Vukalinirić in 1831 by Uroš Knežević.  Oh, and this conversation with my mates happened because I made some smart-alec remark about how all of the women in these portraits look quite masculine.  I wondered if they did in real life or if the artists did not know how to paint the feminine face.  Smilja, here, is one of the more girly girls.

Portrait, oil painting, residence, of, Princess Ljubica, in, Belgrade, Serbia

There was an entrance fee, but my friends insisted on paying and I have forgotten the amount.  The residence offers free postcards, so we all helped ourselves to several.  Since even mailing postcards from Italy is expensive, I gave mine to Biljana.  She was collecting them to use in her classrooms.

residence of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia

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Candace X. Moore said...

Great post, Kelly. Always interesting to hear weird cultural facts. I'm a portrait painter, so this post has special interest for me. And I'm feeling a little twinge of jealousy that I'm not there touring with the locals...such a great way to see the world.

Kelly Borsheim Artist said...

Thank you, Candace! And thank you for your pledge to my bronze art project on Kickstarter.

I am delighted that this post struck a cord with you. It is funny that most of us want to look only at "good art" or masterful works to fill our minds with work in the direction we want to go. However, I am finding that I enjoy a lot of the expressions and colors in what, for my training, would be considered low art. There is a sincerity in many of the works I see here in Europe, especially the eastern countries. And often a good use of color, where I do not feel strong in my own work.
Thank you for posting here!