Saturday, January 22, 2011
Đura Jakšić - Dura Jaksic
Jakšić is one of the most expressive representatives of Serbian Romanticism and the one of the most talented Serbian painters of the 19th century, yet ,he is best known by his poetry. Schools throughout Serbia and the rest of the former Yugoslavia still bear his name.
Đura Jakšić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ђура Јакшић, born 27 July 1832 in Szerbcsernye, died 16 November 1878) was a Serbian poet, painter, writer, dramatist, bohemian and patriot.
Jakšić was born in Szerbcsernye (today Srpska Crnja). His house has been transformed into a Memorial Museum in his honour. His early education was in Temesvár (now in Romania) and Szeged ( Hungary). Jakšić lived for a time in Nagybecskerek (now Zrenjanin), where he studed painting under Konstantin Danil. Jakšić then studied fine arts in Vienna and Munich.
Jakšić is one of the most expressive representatives of Serbian Romanticism. Passionate, impetuously imaginative, emotional, rebellious and imbued with romantic nationalist sentiment, his poems about freedom, his invectives against tyranny and his verses of lyric confession resonate with romantic pathos.
He wrote about forty short stories, three full-length dramas (Stanoje Glavaš, Seoba Srbalja, Jelisaveta) and the novel Warriors.
He is one of the most talented Serbian painters of the 19th century and perhaps the most prominent representative of Romanticism in Serbian painting.
Although best known for his literature and paintings, Jakšić was also a teacher and professor. Schools and colleges throughout Serbia and the rest of the former Yugoslavia still bear his name.