Paintings by Vera Bravacic - Emerald Hill watercolour series
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Vera Bravacic is a well known architect based in Dubrovnik.
She comes from the well known Nenadovic family famous for a number of important diplomats and
writers. Throughout the seventies and eighties she became one of Dubrovnik's leading architects as
she created some of the major buildings which represent modern trademarks of this Medieval city.
Vera’s love for drawing and a special interest in watercolors developed in her early
childhood and continued throughout her life.
In Singapore Vera created series of
watercolor paintings focusing on traditional shop-houses. She captured almost every entrance and
façade in the famous Emerald Hill Rd. with utmost care for each and every ornament and
decorative detail, typical for the unique Peranakan style.
The Peranakan style (end of 19th cent.) is a fine mixture of Western and Eastern influences which
interlace in their ornamental diversity. From Neo-Classical Corinthian pilasters to the beautifully
crafted wooden ventilation openings and doors as well as blistering tiles in typically Chinese
decorative manner, this style has given a special flavor to the streets of Singapore. One of the
streets especially famous for the very successfully renovated shop-houses, which truly evoke the
spirit of the Peranakan Chinese culture is Emerald Hill Rd. in the central part of the city.