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 Tanasko Milovich  (1900 - 1964)

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Lived/Active: Missouri      Known for: portrait, batik designer

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted November 2004, is from Carolyn Bailey, niece of the artist from New Port Richey, Florida. The information was obtained from a brochure printed for a retrospective of the artist's work that was held after his death by the St. Louis Art Guild. The artist's wife gave Bailey the information.

Tanasko Milovich was born Fojnica, Hercegovina, Yogoslavia on January 27, 1900

Came to St. Louis in 1914.

Studied at Washington University School of Fine Arts, 1921-1926. 1926:
Received first of 23 awards from St. Louis Artists' Guild.

1927-1928 studied in Paris at Academie Collarossi and Academie Moderne with Jean Marchand.

1928 Honored at Paris Spring Salon for design, in batik.

1929 Returned to St. Louis to teach batik at Washington University and exhibit in major museums and galleries.

1943 married artist and educator, Catherine Estelle Ehrmann. Appointed to full-time position at Washington University School of Fine Arts.

1948 Son, Jefto Tanasko Milovich, is born.

1950 appointed by Mayor Darst to St. Louis Art Commission.

1956-1957 Sabbatical leave from Washington University to travel in native country of Yugoslavia. Work widely exhibited and seven pieces purchased by National Gallery of Bosnia-Hercegovina at Sarajevo.

1957 Returned to teaching at Washington University.

Died October 25, 1964 in St. Louis, Missouri.

St. Louis, Missouri was home to Tanasko Milovich for a half-century. For 21 years he was one of the distinguished artist-teachers to serve on the faculty of Washington University School of Fine Arts. He was a member of the St. Louis Art Commission and a lifetime member of the St. Louis Artists' Guild, Group Fifteen, and the Society of Independent Artists.

His artistic gifts were generously given to both school and community.

St. Louis Central Library St. Louis Art Museum Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri National Art Gallery, Bosnia -Hercegovina, Yugoslavia Missouri Athletic Club, St. Louis, Missouri Council House, St. Louis, Missouri Mary Institute, St. Louis, Missouri Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois Central Library, Belgrade, Yugoslavia Commissions: 10 large batiks, Stix-Baer & Fuller Department Store, St. Louis, Missouri 3 large batiks, Aeolian Company, St. Louis, Missouri Stained glass windows and podium, Ethical Society, St. Louis, Missouri Terra Cotta Medallion, Church Hall, Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis, Missouri, 1926, 1929, 1931, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1961, 1962, 1964 Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, Missouri, 1926 St. Louis Art League, St. Louis, Missouri, 1927, 1931, 1932, 1933 Spring Salon, Paris, France, 1928 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas city, Missouri, 1930, 1934 St. Louis Society of Independent artists, St. Louis, Missouri, 1931, 1939, 1940, 1942 Seattle Museum of Fine Arts, Seattle, Washington. 1936 St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, 1942 through 1962 Denver Art Museum, Denver Colorado, 1945, 1946 St. Louis Little Bohemia Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, 1946 Palace of Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, 1946 YM-YHA, St. Louis, Missouri, 1947 Academy of Art, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, 1949 Immacolata Church Competition, St. Louis, Missouri, 1960 Retrospective exhibition: October 9-26, 1983, St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis, Missouri

The following, submitted August 2002, is from Casey Weeks:

"I am researching Milovich for a class at Southern Illinois University at
Carbondale. We have a chalk portrait of "Mother Bloor" done by Milovich
in out museum collection".

He was born in Fojnica, Hercegovina, Yugoslavia on January 27, 1900. He
emigrated to St. Louis, MO, in 1914. From 1921 to 1926, he studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts from 1921-1926, which became part of Washington University.

In 1926, he received the first of 26 awards from the St. Louis Artist's Guild. After studying in Paris from 1927-28, he returned to St. Louis to teach batik.

In 1943 he married artist and educator Catherine Estelle Ehrman and was
appointed to a full-time position at Washington University. In 1950, he was appointed by Mayor Darst to the St. Louis Art Commission.

Milovich was a very active member of the St. Louis Artist's Guild, Group
Fifteen and Society of Independent Artists.

From 1956-57, Milovich took a sabbatical leave from Washington University
to travel his homeland of Yugoslavia where his work was widely exhibited
and seven pieces were purchased by the National Gallery of Bosnia- Hercegovina.

He returned to St. Louis, MO, in 1957 to teach until his death on October 25, 1964.

This information was retrieved from an article in the "St. Louis Post Dispatch" from October 12, 1983 on page 7D and the pamphlet from a Retrospective Exhibit held by the St. Louis Artist's Guild on Oct. 9-26, 1983 at Webster University. The exhibition was organized by Milovich's widow, Catherine, and the gallery talk was presented by Betty Grossman.

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