Pavle "Paja" Jovanovic (Serbian Cyrillic: ????? "????" ?????????; IPA: [pâ?l? pa?ja j??a?n??it??]; 16 June 1859 – 30 November 1957) was one of Serbia’s most acclaimed Realist painters, alongside Uroš Predic and Ðorde Krstic.
Jovanovic is perhaps best known for his early works using ordinary people during ?oriental cycles?, and his detailed dramatic realism in both mythical and everyday scenes.
He is considered one of Serbia's greatest “orientalist” painters.
He painted more than 1100 works including: The Wounded Montenegrin (1882), Decorating of the Bride (1886) and Migration of the Serbs (1896).
He also painted many famous portraits.
Jovanovic's paintings hold a record as the highest-priced paintings by a Serbian painter.
One of his paintings was sold by Sotheby's for 465.000 pounds in April 2018.