Thanks to ljuba.fr, several artworks from Ljuba have been found.
The latest one on the list: a painting called “Birth of an idiot” (oil on canvas, 137x176cm), from 1959.
The painting was painted during Ljuba’s last year of studies at the academy of fine arts, in Belgrade. Just leaving for Paris in 1963, Ljuba had left the painting in a cinema club. It is his friend, Slobodan Jevtić Pulika, who brought it to Paris a year and a half later. Marcel Zerbib, the gallery owner with whom Ljuba was working at that time, sold it promptly to an admirer. This person kept it for more than fifty years, until his death. Today, the painting belongs to a Parisian collection.
The artwork can now be admired in the 1957-62 gallery of the website.
A succession of difficulties and misunderstandings have been,until now, postponing a great retrospective of Ljuba’s works at the Academy of Science and Fine Arts in Belgrade. It is with great pleasure that we can announce today that this exhibit will finally take place in the fourth quarter of 2019. Large format paintings, from all Ljuba periods, will be shown.
A major Ljuba painting, “La Coupole” from the year 1964 (oil on canvas;150x130cm), will go on sale at “Hôtel Drouot”, on December the 12h 2018. This painting has never been presented before.
It can be found in the monography “Ljuba”, Alpine Fine Arts, 1980.
The first owner of this painting was a famous french actor, friend of surrealists and André Breton.