Petar Lubarda

PETAR LUBARDA (Ljubotinj, 1907 – Beograd, 1974)  was one of the greatest Montenegrin and Yugoslav painters of the 20th century, who worked as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, after he opened an Art School in Cetinje, where he was a lecturer and Director. He was a member of the SANU and JAZU. He photographed nature and man in a predominantly dark, tonally sensitive shade, but also still life and composition. One of his favorite topics in his painting is the Kosovo Battle, which he did in various formats in dozens of versions. In his last year of high school, in 1925 he organized his first solo exhibition. In the same year he enrolled at the Art School in Belgrade, where his professors were Ilija Šobajić, Ljuba Ivanović and Beta Vukanović. However, after several months of interrupted schooling in 1926 he went to Paris, where he enrolled at the Académie des Beaux Arts, but due to his poor financial situation and dissatisfaction, he quit. He received many awards, among which is the National Guggenheim Prize, New York (1956), Grand Prix at the World Exposition, Paris (1937). In 1997, the biggest award “Petar Lubarda” was awarded for fine arts in Montenegro. Before his death, he wrote a letter to SASA stating that every future catalog for his exhibitions must state that he is Serbian.