Lot 249
Mersad Berber (Bosnian, 1940-2012), Allegorical Painting
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Mixed media on linen, signed lower left, presented in a coordinating collaged frame.

Stretcher size 33 x 39 1/4 in.; Frame dimensions 45 1/2 x 52 in.

Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York
Private Collection, New York

Mersad Berber is among the greatest Bosnian artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. He completed graduate and post-graduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. Exhibiting frequently over the course of his studies, he garnered critical acclaim and professional recognition for his etchings. In 1968, Berber accepting a faculty position at the School of Applied Arts in Sarajevo, and in 1973 began teaching at the newly founded Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.

Berber's artistic inspirations ranged from the Italian Renaissance masters to the visionaries of the Art Nouveau. That said, his work is singularly recognizable as his own. His subject matter includes beautiful fantasy scenes based on Bosnian myths and the Ottoman past, to the tragic and violent contemporary history leading up to the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Good estate condition.

$4,000 - 6,000