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Self-portrait by Katarina Ivanović, National Museum of Serbia

Katarina Ivanović (1811–1882), was a Serbian painter from the Austrian Empire (later Hungary in Austria-Hungary). She is regarded the first Serbian female painter in the modern art history.[1]


Ivanović was born in Veszprém in the Austrian Empire to a middle-class family, and grew up in Székesfehérvár. After studying in Budapest, she worked in Belgrade from 1846 to 1847.[2] In later years, she spent a lot of time traveling and living at different places, including Paris and Zagreb. Ivanović returned and died in Székesfehérvár in 1882.[2]

During her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna she traveled to Munich, Paris and Italy.[1] She brought new themes to Serbian painting: Genre art and Still life.[1] She was stylistically in between the ideas of Biedermeier and Romanticism; she tried her hand at painting of historical compositions but reached the highest peaks in portrait.[1] A special unit was her self-portraits.[1] As the first educated Serbian painter, in 1876 she became the first woman member of the Serbian Learned Society.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c d e f Galerija Matice srpske.
  2. ^ a b "Katarina Ivanović Brief Bio". Retrieved 2013-01-21.

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