A yellow sinister glow hung over the city, in the ringing air the smell of burning and death. In the dense mirror of still water, destroyed houses and sticking debris are reflected.
Global catastrophe destroyed all life on the planet. Where happy families used to live, grinning human skulls are lying around; household belongings, broken and unnecessary, are already half flooded and covered with sand. In Luis Royo’s The Death of the World, the end of life on the planet is prosaic and truthful.
Worst of all is the face of a woman holding a little body in her arms. She survived the disaster, but still dead. For many hours and days she sits on a tiny island of earth near children’s toys with a reflection of hopeless grief in her eyes. This painting by the Spanish artist Luis Royo has another name “Doll”.