A recognizable motif of Ljubica Sokić’s work can be found in the painting “Still Life with Four Pomegranates”, where in her mature years she returned to the repertoire of small still lifes, dried flowers and ephemeral objects and where she solved everything artistically, uniformly in composition and colour. The artist strives to decompose objects, to the level of placing clean painted surfaces. In addition to reducing the subject, there is also a reduction of the palette to a subtle choice of dark and calm tones. “When I put on a screaming colour, I immediately silence it… It is probably similar to my nature, and a person must always follow himself. I think that the muted gamma is the most typical part of my painting… I am not one of people with a stormy temperament and I do not show my excitement with a strong gesture”, Cuca pointed out on one occasion. Although in her art she always starts from the reality that surrounds her, her way of artistic thinking is abstract: she is not interested in representing reality by the appearance of objects, but by the knowledge she reaches with the impressions and traces left by those objects. That is why Cuca Sokić’s painting is outside the usual definitions and clear classifications. Ljubica Cuca Sokić was born in Bitola in 1914. She finished art school in Belgrade in 1936, as a student of Vasa Pomorišac, Ljuba Ivanović, Beta Vukanović and Ivan Radović. From 1936 to 1939 she resided in Paris, where she devotedly painted. She was appointed a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1948 and worked there until her retirement. She passed away on January 8, 2009 in Belgrade.

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