Hristifor Crnilovic (1886 – 1963), Serbian

Serbian painter, ethnographer, photographer and soldier, born in Vlasotince, southern Serbia, in 1886. He became interested in traditional culture in his early youth. He had a gift for painting and was educated in the famous school of painting of Rista Vukanovic in Belgrade and then at the Academy in Munich.

His first son Aleksandar died with the Serbian army in Albanian in 1915 , his second son Uros died in 1941 defending the city of Kragujevac. He participated himself in the First and Second Balkan war, as well as in the First and Second World war. During the Great War, he was a lieutenant in the Serbian army participating in the battles of Cer and Kolubara, the retreat of the Serbian army via Albania toward the island of Corfu.

After the First World War, Crnilovic lives in Skopje from 1918 until 1941 where he worked as an art professor in Skopje gymnasium. He has had a large influence on the first generation on Macedonian painters. At the same time, he started to build a large and very important ethological ethnic artifacts from South Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo. He also had several exhibitions in Paris in the 1920s. His painting can be found is several museums in Serbia, for example the Ethnographic Museum “Manak’s Mansion” in Belgrade.

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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