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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 13 | volume III | February-March, 2000



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 13February-March, 2000

Was Ličenoski Ever In Paris?

p. 1
Olivera Kjorveziroska

    Lazar Ličenoski[1] never specialized in Paris with Marcel Lenoir. These are mere fabrications. And all these details about the would-be exhibition of Lenoir, at the opening of which even Cardinal Dubois appeared, whose ring Ličenoski kissed, who, moreover, sold tickets to the exhibition, have been scrambled up in someone's sick memory. During Lenoir's exhibition, which was held from March 1-31, 1928, in his atelier on the fifth floor of Rue de Notre Dame des Champs number 86, without a doubt Cardinal Dubois appeared and his ring was kissed, but not by Lazar Ličenoski, who, at that time, was not selling tickets but was in frustration in a completely different place, trying to draw sketches for the portrait of Mrs. Milutinovich. The fact that on November 20, 1927, Ličenoski knocked on Marcel Lenoir's door, asking him to accept him into his studio, because he had a stipend for fresco painting, is utterly unfounded, because we know for certain that Ličenoski that day was in a much nicer place in much nicer company… And--this is extremely important--he could not have knocked on the door of the eccentric painter for the simple reason that the door was in Paris and Ličenoski never, ever, was in Paris. And if you have never been in Paris, you can never have knocked on a door there.

    Raka Drainac, a correspondent for Belgrade's Pravda in Skopje, as well as a lover of the above-mentioned Mrs. Milutinovich, a close acquaintance of Ličenoski, and an extravagantly lazy poet, wanting to use his closeness to Ličenoski and the coquetry of his lover, and to make the best of the two relationships, commissioned her portrait, of course with her money, bargaining with Ličenoski about his percentage.
    – What percentage, you bum, you should be ashamed of yourself! The painter said to him in private while Mrs. Milutinovich was waiting on the stairs.
    – I need it, brother, I need three hundred dinars, fast! Drainac answered, and after he received what he needed, hurried toward the stairs, hesitating in his intention to kiss her, like a child faced with a pacifier left on the carpet.
    This confidential and persuasive episode with Drainac is still not sufficient proof concerning the absence of Ličenoski from Paris, but if we take into consideration the date written in Ličenoski's hand on that very portrait – 15 March 1928 – as well as the categorical statement of Mrs. Milutinovich's daughter, Isabela


1. Lazar Ličenoski, Macedonian painter (1901-1964). His exhibition is placed in Blesok Gallery in Blesok no.14. click here. [editor’s note].

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