The sculpture of Rista Stijović titled “Nude” was purchased for the Art Collection back in 1954. Stijović is one of those sculptors for whom the secret of sculpture is in the emotion of form, in its poetics, in the sensitive relationship between the movements and limbs of girls’ bodies and figures. The sculpture is a representation of a naked female body, with tight limbs, sensual, enraptured, relaxed and tense at the same time, with a refined sense of tonal values. The works of Rista Stijović stand out as a phenomenon and at the same time are of great importance for the history of Yugoslav sculpture. His oeuvre is thematically rounded off by women, figures and figurines marked as an intimate sculpture, then a world of different experiences, the realm of extraordinary birds and animals. Academician Risto Stijović was a sculptor whose works are in important museums and collections. He was born in Podgorica in 1894. In 1912, he enrolled in the sculpture department of the Serbian School of Painting in Belgrade. He joined the Serbian army in the First World War and took part in the withdrawal through Albania. From 1916, he was educated at French art schools, first in Marseille, then in Paris. He exhibited regularly in Parisian salons. At the end of the twenties of the last century, he returned to Belgrade, where he worked as a professor at the Third Men’s Gymnasium. He was a member of many art associations. He won the Sculpture Award (1937) at the World’s Fair in Paris. He died in Podgorica on December 20, 1974.

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