Lazar Drljača

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Lazar Drljača

Lazar Drljača (10 October 1882 – 13 July 1970) was a painter from modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Born in Blatna near Bosanski Novi to a Serbian family, he was initially an expressionist,[1] but turned to impressionism.[2] Drljača identified himself as Bosnian bogumil, therefore he was often called the Last Bosnian Bogumil.[3][4][5]

He passed his examination for Fine Arts in Vienna in October 1906, and in 1911 was invited to participate in the International Exhibition in Rome, after which he moved to Paris to attend art school, and worked in the Louvre copying the old masters, Titian and Leonardo da Vinci, sometimes to commission. From July 9, 1914 to 1919 little is known about his life but a note on a picture records that he was interned in a camp in Sardinia.

Just before the World War II, sometime around 1935, he returned to Bosnia for good and settled in a village Borci, on a mountainous plain between Boračko jezero and Prenj mountain, above Konjic. He lived there for rest of his life in seclusion, first in a village, and after he fell ill he moved to a nearby mountain villa, "Šantića Vila", above Boračko lake, where he would die in 1970. Although, at this point, in dilapidated state, "Šantića Vila" is also National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[3][4][5]


  • Three Horsemen
  • The cabin of the painter, Blatina, October 1929, watercolor, 205 x 225
Three horsemen in Bosnia, Paris 1917.[6]

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  1. ^ Dominique Auzias, Jean-Paul Labourdette Bosnie-Herzégovine 2008 Page 66 - "Lazar Drljača (1883-1970) est un artiste expressionniste rare"
  2. ^ The Grove encyclopedia of Islamic art and architecture Jonathan M. Bloom, Sheila Blair - 2009 "Milenko Atanacković (1875–1955) became a naive artist, Atanasije Popović (1881– 1948) chose pleinairisme, while Lazar Drljača (1881–1970) turned to Impressionism. Djoko Mazalić (1888–1975) dedicated himself to formal Expressionism ..."
  3. ^ a b "Nestaje kuća pjesnika i bogumila". Al Jazeera Balkans (in Bosnian). 30 January 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Postavljen stećak na grob Lazara Drljače". Radio Slobodna Evropa (Radio Free Europe) (in Bosnian). 16 August 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b Ismet Smajlovic (May–June 1998). Kebo, Alija (ed.). "SLIKAR LAZAR DRLJACA". Most 103-104 (14-15) - casopis za obrazovanje, nauku i kulturu. 14-15 New Series (in Bosnian). Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina: (103–104). Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  6. ^ The Art treasures of Bosnia and Herzegovina Đuro Basler, Mirza Filipović, Sulejman Balić - 1987 " Lazar Drljaca (1881-1970) executed the Impressionist Three Horsemen (Fine Arts Gallery of BH), and between the wars, he painted ..."