(1859 - 1957)
Paja Jovanovic (Paul Joanovitch) was a renowned Serbian painter, exponent of academic realism. He was born in Vrsac in 1859. He learned painting skills in Vienna Academy of Art. He spent most of his life between Belgrade and Vienna. He painted portraits (amongst numerous portraits he made were portraits of Austrian emperor Franz Joseph, Montenegrin king Nikola, Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and president of Yugoslavia Tito), genre scenes with national motifs and large historical compositions with themes from national history. He is probably the most famous Serbian artist of international significance, and his works are frequently being sold in auctions worldwide.