Untitled. Original etching, unknown year. Edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Ljubomir Ljuba Popović was a Serbian surrealist painter, who lived and worked in Paris. He is known for his fantastical scenes with disturbing, odd creatures in Renaissance like ambience, where he tried to express concepts of desire and fear. Complex structures of sumptuous and disturbing Ljuba’s universe are characterized by energetic expressiveness and free brush moves, where he opposes light of architectural and mineral forms and sinister forces of darkness. “There are knotted secrets in my paintings that are incomprehensible to myself, too. That which is played on the canvas, in front of my eyes, often looks like the outcome of some force majeure, which is difficult for me to communicate with.” – said the artist for the process of his creating. His artworks express metaphysical, symbolic, spiritual, and abstract ideas that unify philosophical attitude in relation to the destiny of man in the world. This depiction of human lust is shaped into a woman’s body without a face, with sexual marks, entwined with a mythical landscape.