Nikola Martinoski (1903-1973) Mother with Child, Oil on Canvas

Nikola Martinoski (1903-1973) Mother with Child, Oil on Canvas

Code: 3059


W: 72cm (28.3")H: 84cm (33.1")


A very beautiful large signed and dated 1961 oil on canvas by Nikola Martinoski, the artist known as a founder of contemporary Macedonian art.

Mother with Child, also known as Nurse, is an oil painting art series by Macedonian modern artist Nikola Martinoski created from the 1930s to the 1960s.

The pictures depict a Macedonian Romani woman breastfeeding a child. The works today are considered as one of the finest art pieces in contemporary Macedonian art.

A rare and important example of modern European art.

Artist: Nikola Martinoski (Macedonian, 1903-1973)
Signed: Centre right
Title: Mother with Child
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 33 x 28 inches (84 x 72 cm) framed
Condition: Very good

Nikola Martinoski (18 August 1903 – 7 February 1973), sometimes spelled Martinovski (Macedonian: Никола Мартиноски), was a Yugoslav Aromanian painter. He is considered as a founder of contemporary Macedonian art.

Martinoski is best known for his painting series titled Mother with Child, which, although first created in the 1930s, was not completed until the 1960s. He is also known as "The Doctor" for the many paintings he donated to modern art.

Martinoski was born Nikolache Martin in 1903 to an Aromanian family in Kruševo (at the time part of the Ottoman Empire). He developed an interest in painting at a young age and attended art classes in the workshop of Dimitar Andonov-Papradinski, an icon painter in Skopje.

Prior to 1921, he was constantly on the move. Finally, Nikola settled down in Bucharest, Romania and attended the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the Bucharest National University of Arts, from which he graduated in 1927.

Martinoski spent two years (1927–1928) in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, which is famous for former students Amedeo Modigliani and Boris Anrep and the Académie Ranson with artists like the Polish painter Moise Kisling and Roger Bissiere, who acted as mentors. This period had a major impact on his life and style as a painter.

Martinoski came back to Skopje brimming with avant-garde ideas about art. He developed a very specific expressionistic style and started dealing with social themes rather than portraits. Nikola soon became a member of the Belgrade group Oblik.

His first individual exhibition was in 1929 in Skopje. Afterwards, he started exhibiting in other cities such as Belgrade, Zagreb and Paris. While he continued drawing, painting, and exhibiting, Martinoski also began creating large murals. Later, he established the Artistic Gallery located in Skopje (now known as the National Gallery of Macedonia) and won numerous awards.

Martinoski died on 7 February 1973, at the age of sixty-nine in Skopje, then in Yugoslavia. He gave sixty-two of his paintings to Kruševo as a parting gift. His home in Kruševo is now a gallery where a small number of his works are exhibited.

In 2003, the National Gallery of Macedonia completed the project "100 years from Martinoski's birth". The exhibition featured paintings that had never been publicly shown before because they were part of 116 paintings that Martinoski left to his family in a nondescript box.