• Author: Ivan Meštrović
  • Material: bronze
  • Dimensions: h: 47 cm
  • Inventory number: LJU 69

Having completed his studies at the Vienna Art Academy, Ivan Meštrović lived in Belgrade, Paris, and Zagreb, where he worked as a professor at the Academy of Arts and Crafts; he later became the Rector of the Academy. After World War II, Meštrović moved to the USA; he worked as a Professor of Sculpture at the Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. In 1924, he was elected a member of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Meštrović's works were exhibited for the first time at the 1902 Vienna Secession exhibition. His interests ranged from small-scale sculptures, reliefs and portraits to major public monuments and mausoleums. Strongly imprinted by Art Nouveau, Meštrović's art was eclectic. It reveals unmistakable influences of ancient civilizations and cultures, from Egypt and Assyria to Gothic and Renaissance.

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