Arsenije Petrović

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Bela Crkva, Banat,
Zemun, Principality of Serbia,
Known forSerbian painter

Arsenije Petrović (Bela Crkva, Banat, 1803 - Zemun, Principality of Serbia, 1870) was a Serbian painter.[1][2]


Belonging to a group of gifted self-educated masters, he is one of the most important artists from a large group of our travelling amateur painters without academic experience, similar to the autochthonous, wild art of American tinsmiths and Folk artists, who share in their use of colour and range of expression, spontaneity, skill and simplicity in their work. Petrović's main themes are life and the objects that surround them. It is assumed that he studied painting with a local master, most likely in Vršac. He did church painting and portraits. He painted in Serbia, Srem and Banat. He was especially appreciated as a portraitist of children.[3] Arsenije Petrović's work first appeared in Serbia in 1839. His painting moves between primitive decorativeness and Biedermeier naturalism. Despite his insufficient painting education, he joined the Serbs from Austria-Hungary, who played a significant role in the creation of the modern state and the art culture of a young civil society. In 1842 his fame reached the prince's court, where he painted a portrait of little Peter Karadjordjević, the future king Peter I of Serbia|Peter I. That Arsenije gladly accepted to paint children and that he did so with joy and skill, can be seen from the works exhibited in the Princess Ljubica's residence of Princess Ljubica Vukomanović|Ljubica: Girl with a basket of flowers and Boy with a dove; as well as on the canvas: Portrait of little Petar Radović, from the National Museum in Niš.


See also

  • List of Serbian painters


  1. Petrović, Arsenije; Antić, Radmila (November 29, 1976). "Arsenije Petrović". Muzej grada – via Google Books.
  2. "Arte - Arsenije Petrović - Portfolio". Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  3. Bihalji-Merin, Oto (November 29, 1971). Masters of Naive Art: A History and Worldwide Survey. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780070052574 – via Google Books.

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