Radojica Živanović Noe

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Radojica Živanović Noe
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Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia
DiedOctober 20, 1944(1944-10-20) (aged 40–41)
Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Alma materCommercial College
  • Painter
  • Poet
  • Artist
MovementSurrealist movement

Radojica Živanović Noe (Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia, 1903 - Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, 1944) was a Serbian painter-poet and graphic artist during the Surrealist movement.[1]


Radojica Živanović-Noe was born in Belgrade in 1903 out of wedlock to a washerwoman. "Within the circle of the Belgrade Surrealists rumour had it that he was to have played the role of heir to the throne, the pretended newborn royal son of Draga and Aleksandar Obrenović" wrote M. B. Protić in Srpsko slikarstvo XX veka (20th Century Serbian Painting), Belgrade 1970, page 300).

In 1929 he finished Commercial College, his education having been interrupted by the Great War. He attended the State Art School in Belgrade for the next three years. He was one of the thirteen signatories of the manifesto in 1930 that is published in the Almanac Nemoguče-L'Impossible, where a series of his drawings was published under titles Samoubica ili sanjar (Suicide or Dreamer), Puls (The Pulse), Početak istog mesta (The Beginning of the Same Place), '11 x 11 h ili očajanje jedne noći (11 x 11 h or the Despair of a Night), as well as the photo collage Spava zlatna strast (The Golden Passion Sleeps). Although the initial idea to create a group and start a periodical came from eight writers and one painter (Radojica Živanović Noe, Marko Ristić, Milan Dedinac, Aleksandar Vučo, Dušan Matić, Mladen Dimitrijević, Djordje Jovanović, Djordje Kostić, and Oskar Davičo.[2] Radojica as it turned out was the only professional artist among the group of Surrealists,[3][4] and perhaps the only other painter was Milena Pavlović-Barili, though not a member, her work and sympathies definitely lay with the group.[5]

Radojica Živanović-Noe also contributed regularly to "Surrealism Here and Now" and most of his paintings and poems were published in that periodical in 1931 and 1932 under such titles as Uspomena (The Memento), Drvo očiju (The Eye Tree) and others. In 1932 he exhibits a cycle of Surrealist pictures in the Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavilion in Belgrade.[6]With Mirko Kujačić, who wrote "A Manifesto of Zenitism," Đorđe Andrejević-Kun, Djordje Teodorović and other artists, he founded the group Život (Life). Between 1935 and 1937 he regularly contributed art reviews for Politika and occasionally published his artwork in "Our Reality". He exhibited at group art exhibitions from 1936 until 1940.

During the war years, Radojica ŽIvaović Noe spent much of his time on the outskirts of Belgrade with guerrilla units. In 1944 upon hearing that the partisans and Russian tanks had broken their way into the street, he rushed out of a shelter near the Bajloni open greenmarket to fight the Germans. Cut off from his unit, found armed by another freedom fighter who did not recognize him, Radojica reportedly refused to disarm and this tragic misunderstanding cost him his life. He died on the day Belgrade was liberated, 20 October 1944.[7]


  1. "Mélusine". L'Age d'homme. September 27, 1988 – via Google Books.
  2. "Serbian Studies". North American Society for Serbian Studies. September 27, 1980 – via Google Books.
  3. Hopkins, David (February 19, 2016). A Companion to Dada and Surrealism. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118476222 – via Google Books.
  4. Djuric, Dubravka; Djurić, Dubravka; Đurić, Dubravka; Šuvaković, Miško; Šuvakovič, Miško; Suvakovic, Misko (September 27, 2003). Impossible Histories: Historical Avant-gardes, Neo-avant-gardes, and Post-avant-gardes in Yugoslavia, 1918-1991. MIT Press. ISBN 9780262042161 – via Google Books.
  5. Georgevich, Dragoslav; Maric, Nikola; Moravcevich, Nicholas (September 27, 1977). "Serbian Americans and Their Communities in Cleveland". Cleveland State University – via Google Books.
  6. Library, British (September 27, 2007). Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937. British Library. ISBN 9780712309752 – via Google Books.
  7. "Zbornik". Savez jevrejskih opština Jugoslavije. September 27, 2003 – via Google Books.

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