Portrait of a Lady by Uroš Predić, 1917.

At the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, where Uroš Predić studied and tirelessly painted and made sketches, he accepted the inviolable Viennese academicism. Thanks to the style of “academic realism”, he gained the highest affirmation and recognition in the Serbian history of art. His extremely rich oeuvre includes a large number of portraits. One of them is kept in the National Museum in Kraljevo. It is a portrait of an unknown lady. Created in the manner of academic realism, this portrait exudes tenderness and a certain feminine mysterious look.

Uroš Predić was known for his paintings on religious themes, genre scenes, but he paid the greatest attention to portraits in his work. Many eminent personalities of public and cultural life, priests, merchants, writers, registrars, friends and relatives were in front of his easel. The painter, academician, honorary member of Matica Srpska, studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1876 to 1880, in the class of Professor Christian Gripenkerl, a prominent Viennese painter. He was a scholarship holder of Matica Srpska from 1877 to 1883, and in 1879 he received the Baron Gundl Award for the best student work in oil for the painting “Sulking Girl”. He returned to his native Orlovat in 1885, and in 1909 he moved to Belgrade and remained there for the rest of his life. He often came to Novi Sad because his painting work tied him to Matica Srpska. He was invited many times to make portraits officers and benefactors of Matica Srpska, and he also worked on drafts for book covers, calendars and diplomas. His portraits of Georgi Magarašević, Antonio Hadžić, Laza Kostić, Dr. Milan Savić and others are exhibited in the ceremonial hall of Matica Srpska. In 1927, he was elected an honorary member of the Matica Srpska and later an honorary president of the Board of the Museum of the Matica Srpska. He was elected a corresponding member of the Serbian Royal Academy in 1909, and a full member in 1910. He is one of the founders of the artistic associations “Lada” (1904), of which he was the president for many years, and the Association of Fine Artists in Belgrade (1919) and its first president.

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