The Town Museum of Sombor

History of Art

The Art Department

The collection of the art department mostly consists of paintings and applied art articles dating back to the 18th, 19th, and 20th, century. The territory covered by the Town Museum in Sombor is rather specific in terms of museology since it represents the mixture of various influences, cultures and styles intertwining and succeeding in a very peculiar way. There are different chronological trends: Baroque, Rococo, Classicism, Biedermeier, Romanticism, Academic Realism, Historicism, Secession (Art Nouveau), Impressionism, Expressionism and other modern artistic trends of the 20th century. In addition to valuable paintings, drawings, graphics, sculptures and tapestries, the museum has a rich collection of period furniture, silverware, porcelain and other objects of artistic and historical importance for the national and overall culture of this area.

The fund of the Art Department has been systematically enlarged either by purchases or gifts, so nowadays it contains more than 600 exhibits. The oldest paintings in the art collesction date back to the 18th, century. Teodor Dimitrijević Kračun is one of the most renowned painters of the Sebian Baroque. The icon “Christ’s Resurrection” is preserved in the Museum as well as the other valuable icons, such as: “Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus", by Arsenije Vujić from 1796 and the altar painting “Christs Crucifixion” by Matija Haniš, dating back to 1794.

The most distinguished detail of the ambient unity in Rococo style is the unique period furnance “Harmudth” from 18th century, as well as the numerous details of applied art harmonised stylistically or chronologically with the painting of that time.

The works of other renowned Classicist painters, such as Arsenije Teodorović and Pavle Đurković, are also on display. Biedermaier objects are the most numerous in the collection. In addition to paintings, the most interestings objects are on display as well. In its last phase Classicism shifts from accentuated historical themes to Nazarene and the first undertones of the Romanticism. The most important example of historical.

Romanticism is the monumental portrait of beautiful “Sisi” by Tan mor from 1875. In the collection there are works of famous painters, exponents of academic realism: Uroš Predić, Kálmán Péter, Juhász Árpad, Maly József, Ivan Radović, and many others who could not be on display on this occasion due to insufficient free room.