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Silk Painting

The Kingdom of Serbia, c. 1910

Dragutin Inkiostri Medenjak

Silk; tempera

52 x 62 cm

MAA Inv. No. 5520

Towards the end of the 19th century, textile became modern area of artistic expression. Dragutin Inkiostri Medenjak (1886-1942), the pioneer of Yugoslav design, begun to create, as of 1909, "paintings on textile", influenced by the Japanese art, like many of his colleagues in the West. He painted on silk and canvas, creating paintings, wall panels and screens. The stylized birds and buterflies on blossoming branches were his favorite motives.

A painting with a representation of the bird from the Museum's collection, painted in bright and light colors on black moreen, belongs to the most beautiful examples of these works in whole Inkiostri's opus.