Nikola Arsenović (1823-1885), Serbian

Born in Osijek, died in Belgrade. He was a 19th century Serbian tailor, anthropologist and illustrator. As a self-thought painter, he traveled for two decades around Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia, painting folk costumes. In 1868 tried to establish arts & crafts school in Zrenjanin, Ruma and Iriga. In 1873, he offers his vast collection of painted folk costumes to wealthy people in Vienna, Zagreb and Belgrade. His collection was finally purchased in 1879 by the Ministry of Education in Belgrade for the National Museum, who publishes several books with his drawings: Album of folk costumes, Atlas of ornaments and Technomatic compendium, which can be found today in the Ethnographic Museum of Belgrade. His folk costume drawings became collector items for European royalty and can be found dispersed in various European museums. A watercolor with Macedonian ethnic clothes, made during his visit in Macedonia around 1860 can be found in the collection of Victoria & Albert Museum, London UK.
Nikola Arsenović (1823 -1885), Macedonian women, watercolor
Nikola Arsenović (1823 -1885), Macedonian women, watercolor

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Vlatko potpis s

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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