THE BLEIBURG SET
A bitter-sweet painting - May 1945 and World War II had ended. Spring was in the air but for the independent State of Croatia it was a death knell. It ha wanted to join the democratic countries of the West but it was going to have to wait until 1995 to finally re-gain its independence.
This painting depicts the result of the betrayal at Bleiburg, Austria, Marshall Broz Tito, who is responsible for the tragedy that eventuated, symbolically stands at a pit, against a background of Zagreb's main features. Tito's colleague is quoted as saying: "They had to die, so Yugoslavia could exist."