Design for the second, unexecuted, version of stained glass for the "Aero-club"

Vasa Pomorišac, Belgrade, 1932

Tempera, paper

MAA Inv. No. 13246

The Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade keeps a large number of designs and sketches for stained glass by Vasa Pomorišac. Among them the most conspicuous one is the unexecuted version for stained glass windows in the building of the "Aero-club" in Uzun Mirkova street. In accord with the trade of the investor, "Aeroput" airlines, Pomorišac designed the representation of Icarus, the mythical precursor of aviators and pilots – idols of the generations from between the two world wars.

This composition, modern in its iconographical and stylistic expression, is framed with elaborate ornament inspired by the Serbian medieval frescoes and Pomorišac, as member of the Zograf group fervently advocated its contemporary.

Vasa Pomorišac (1893-1961) studied painting in Belgrade, Zagreb and Munich, and specialised painting on glass at London Central School for Arts and Crafts. Therefore he became the first Serbian painter who was educated in Great Britain and who worked in this technique. After his return to Belgrade in 1925, Pomorišac did not only paint, but designed and executed stained glass windows both in public institutions and private villas. He also taught at the Academy of Applied Arts.