Milan Božović

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Born (1909-04-12) April 12, 1909 (age 114)
Stijena,Podgorica, Montenegro

Milan Božović (Stijena near Podgorica, Montenegro, 12 April 1909 - Belgrade, 1992) was a Serbian painter from Montenegro.


He was the second of nine sons of Rista and Rumica (née Marković) Božović. He was educated thanks to his older brother Miloš, who studied law while working. He finished art school in Belgrade in 1930, [1] He then completed École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1938, during his eight-year stay. In the first period of paintings landscape (art)| landscapes and portrait in the spirit of poetic realism.

At the Art School, Božović was particularly influenced by Beta Vukanović, Ilija Šobajić and Ljubo Ivanović, while Božović's general education was influenced by painter Kostantine Marinković.

Božović completed his education in Paris thanks to a state lottery prize, as well as a later scholarship Zeta Banovina in the amount of 800 francs.

In 1932 he participated in a large exhibition of painters from the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in Paris, which drew great attention to fine arts from those areas.

In further work, he amplified expressiveness in colours, the cycle of paintings dedicated to Mostar which emphasized purple and red consonances (Red Valley). He is one of the founders and the first president of the Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro (ULUCG). He held independent exhibits in Belgrade and Podgorica. He was represented at comprehensive exhibitions of Montenegrin art at home and abroad.

He designed the Coat of arms of the Socialist Republic of Montenegro in 1944. [2]

He also designed the first Montenegrin partisan postage stamp and co-authored a draft for the first so-called "socialist Yugoslav dinar" note. [3]

He was offered a scholarship to study in Rome, but he refused, eager to return to his homeland. He also distinguished himself in portraiture, and remained faithful to the end to the themes of karst and sea of his Montenegrin homeland.


At the first exhibition of the Association, he presented himself with six paintings.

  • Sutjeska (National Museum of Cetinje), during World War II in Yugoslavia | II. svj. installment,
  • Night camp,
  • Landscape,
  • Partizan,
  • Ambush, Nikola Vujosevic, Pravi izbor own way. // Pobjeda, Podgorica, column Feljton , Sunday, February 19, 2006; Retrieved July 4, 2011
  • Lake Skadar.

His painting were the first acts of socialist realism in Yugoslavia. Nikola Vujosevic, The beginnings of a great path of development. ' '// Pobjeda, Podgorica, supplement' 'Culture and Society' ', Saturday, January 29, 2011; Retrieved July 4, 2011.

This will be the first works of socialist realism, which will only noticeably exist in Yugoslav art for the next few years.


  • Parliament of Montenegro), 1953.
  • Dubrovnik (private collection), 1982


  • Old fisherman from Perast a,
  • Portrait of an old man.


  1. name = "LE"> Domljan, Žarko (ed.), Likovna enciklopedija Jugoslavije , 1. sv. : A - J, Zagreb: Yugoslav Lexicographic Institute "Miroslav Krleža", 1984, ISBN 86-7053-001-5, p. 184.
  2. name = "CDG">Samardžić, Aleksandar; Miljic, Marijan. Montenegrin state and dynastic coats of arms , Podgorica: "Grafo Crna Gora", 2006, ISBN 86-85499-11-9Quote | The coat of arms was artistically designed in the Art Workshop in Cetinje by Milan Božović, a painter, a student from Paris.
  3. Catalog of Fine Artists of Montenegro 1946-1986. (part)]

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