Monday, September 20, 2010

(Social) Realism: Montenegro Art

Ilija Šobajić (1876 - 1953)

Spiridon - Bocaric Spiro (1876 - 1941)

Gojko Berkuljan (1923-1989)
Gojko Berkuljan (1923-1989) belonged to the first generation of Montenegrin painters educated immediately after World War II in the Art School in Herceg Novi. In this period Berkuljan created under the influence of Milo Milunović and Peter Lubarda like some of his colleagues, but in the early fifties took his own way, which had many stages, ranging from "modern traditionalism" to abstraction. Regardless of the heterogeneous work, Berkuljan's inspiration was based primarily on Montenegrin scenery and epic. The largest number of sketches for thematic phases, the artist logically evolved during fifties. As he used to to say, he was interested in "the development of ideas and research, not just to one artistic expression, regardless how recognized or accepted it was.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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