The painting belongs to the fourth, war period (1912–1915), when Milan Milovanović was a painter at the headquarters of the Supreme Command of the Serbian Army. There are few paintings from that period and they represent “episodic miniatures” which show, despite the war and the epidemic of typhus, the beauty of his impressionist handwriting. Since he became infected himself, the disease spared his life, but not his health, so he came out of it with damaged hearing and nerves. He was transferred in 1915 to Italy and southern France to recover. Only in the epoch of peace and gentleness will its creation reach its peak. Milan Milovanović is the most expressive Serbian impressionist. He was from a wealthy family of painters and merchants from Kruševac. He finished the Lower Gymnasium in Kruševac, and then Kutlik’s School in Belgrade. After that, in 1897, he went to Munich to Ažbe’s school. After graduating from the Academy in 1902, he went to Paris, where he also enrolled at the Academy, which he completed in 1906, and then returned to Belgrade. As an art pedagogue, he educated generations of young painters from 1912 to 1933. He was married to Olga Mišić (1886–1977), the daughter of Duke Živojin Mišić. He died in Belgrade on August 15, 1946, at the age of 70.

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