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Paulina Pava Sudarski

Paulina Pava Sudarski

Novi Bečej, July 14, 1914 – Sutjeska, June 13, 1943.

In her hometown, she completed elementary school and one year of high school, after which she moved to Belgrade, where she finished high school and the Art School under the guidance of Professor Ljuba Ivanović. From 1937 to 1940, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in the class of Petar Dobrović.

In 1937, she became a member of SKOJ (Communist Youth League) and the youth section of the "Women's Movement" Society. The establishment of the youth section and the women's movement in Belgrade, along with the activism of communist women, created the conditions for the launch of the magazine "Žena danas" (Woman Today). One of the most active collaborators of the magazine was Paulina Sudarski.

Paulina Pava SudarskiIn 1940, she worked as a drawing teacher at a high school in Cetinje. As soon as the uprising broke out, Paulina was among the first to go to Durmitor to join the partisans, where she was immediately assigned to the administration of the well-known partisan hospital of Dr. Sime Milošević. She stayed there until her death on June 13, 1943. Paulina, along with a group of seven nurses accompanying severely wounded soldiers from the Battle of Sutjeska, died at the same place where the legendary hero Sava Kovačević had fallen. Her heroic actions and death were documented in the Bulletin of Montenegro in 1943.

As a painter, Paulina was consistently connected to her native region. Even after moving to Belgrade with her parents, she spent school vacations regularly in Novi Bečej. Although she did not have the opportunity to fully mature as an artist, as she exchanged her painter's palette for a rifle in the struggle for social and national liberation, she expressed her deep love for her homeland, which inspired her and provided her favorite motifs. Despite not having the chance to fully develop as an artist, as she traded her painter's palette for a rifle in the struggle for social and national liberation, she expressed her deep love for her homeland through landscapes, nudes, portraits, expressionism, and rapid strokes when painting nudes.

Paulina's expressionism was not dark and mysterious but rather focused on the sunny side of life. She loved the sunlight, capturing the undulating vegetation in the warm, soft, pinkish whiteness of female faces and bodies.

Her watercolors reveal immediacy in expression and a penchant for vibrant color solutions. In these few bouquets of fresh colors, selected from the diverse landscape of her homeland, she demonstrated great love for her native region and artistic palette, leaving an authentic testimony to her Banat.

Her drawings consist of schoolwork, exercises, sketches, studies, notes, and intimate diaries. Pencil and paper recorded the artist's most interesting experiences, moments of inspiration, creating countless images dedicated to her students. In her figurative compositions depicting scenes from life, cafes, street benches, and interiors, the artist's ability for general observation is evident, and her experience is immediate and sincere.

Dobrović's art left its mark on the work of this delicate painter. Đorđe Jović, discussing Paulina Sudarski's unfinished work, states: "Her art carries a quite clear attitude toward the subject being painted and the material with which it is painted. The color-defined portraiture of the composition testifies to an artist whose palette has been cleansed of amateurism and prepared for artistic seriousness. The Battle of Sutjeska and enemy gunfire took this art out of the artistic biography of Vojvodina and Yugoslavia."

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