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Head of a Woman

Head of a Woman

  • Author: Risto Stijović
  • Date: 1936
  • Material: wood
  • Dimensions: h: 68 cm
  • Inventory number: LJU 70

Having completed primary and lower secondary education in Podgorica, his hometown, and Prokuplje, Stijović enrolled in the Art School in Belgrade in the class of Đorđe Jovanović. He took part in World War I. Together with wounded and convalescent soldiers Stijović was transferred from Albania to France, where he first enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts in Marseilles in 1916 and, later, in the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Risto Stijović returned to Belgrade in 1928. He worked as a grammar school art teacher for years. He was elected a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1965.

Stijović sculpted women, birds and other animals in noble wood, stone and bronze, as well as portraits and monuments of famous people. He was a talented sculptor of great sensibility. His approach is that of an intimist, abounding in delicate feelings. The female figures sculpted by Risto Stijović are marked by naïve expressiveness. All of his works, excellent in terms of style and workmanship, bear a strong imprint of his personality and delicate stylization.

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