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Name of Object:

The Cock Fight

Other name of the Object (second name):

The Rooster Fight


Belgrade, Serbia

Holding Institution:

The National Museum

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Date of Object:



Pavle “Paja” Jovanovic (1859, Vrsac, Serbia-1957, Vienna, Austria)

Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Oil on panel


55 x 76 cm


Vienna, Austria


Among the best known of his Orientalist paintings from Balkan are those of domestic life, such as The Cock fight. In this painting Jovanović builds a credible, believable scene. The spectators are fully engaged, each one reacts in his or her own particular way, consistent with their age and appearance. The singularity of Jovanović’s approach is even more evident when contrasted to Western European Orientalist paintings such as Jean Léon Gérôme’s famos Cock Fight of 1847 or Ferentz Eisenhut’s Cock Fight of 1894. Awarded the first prize at the Wien Künstlerhaus exhibition 1898, and having a great success at the Paris Salon in 1906, it was widely reproduced in subsequent years and was surely know to Jovanović. It is evident that studies of the figures directly from nature inform this painting. Jovanović was not only providing a new and authentic category of genre paintings but speaking specificaly to a culture that was his own. In the process he was giving significance to an area and ethnic groups heretofore ignored.

Citation of this web page:

Petar Petrovic "The Cock Fight" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;sb;9;en

Database entry origination:

Prepared by: Petar Petrovic

MWNF Working Number: RS 009

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