Beta Vukanović (1872– 1972), Serbian / German

Born on 18th April 1872 in Bamberg Germany as Babet Bahmeijer, died on 31st October 1972 in Belgrade. She is considered as one of the most important Serbian plain-air impressionist. She started her artistic education in 1890 in the private art school of Carl Mar, and Anton Ažbe in Munich. There she met her future husband and art inspiration Risto Vukanović. They move together in Belgrade where in 1899 they managed the first Serbian Drawing School. Beta Vukanovic was a plain-air painter and here works wеre carrying strong and bright impressionistic palette. When the impressionism started to fade away, she moved toward realism. She exhibited in Rome (1902), Munich, Paris (1900), etc.

Beta Vukanović visited Macedonia during the World War One years, where she traveled together with the Serbian army toward the Thessaloniki front. Unfortunately most of her drawings and watercolors created at the Thessaloniki front are lost or destroyed. After the war, she had an exhibition in Skopje in 1926. Vukanovic was also an art teacher of some of the most important Macedonian painters: Ljubomir Belogaski and Vangel Kodjoman.

Beta Vukanović (1872– 1972) St. Jovan Kaneo church, Ohrid, oil on canvas 1926
Beta Vukanović (1872– 1972) St. Jovan Kaneo church, Ohrid, oil on canvas 1926

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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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