Stoned faces – sculptures by Ivan Meštrović


Ivan_Meštrovic

“Ivan Meštrovic in Zagreb 1928” by George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress) – Source: Wikipedia

Croatian sculptor and architect Ivan Meštrović (1883-1962) was fascinated about faces. The more twisted the better. This was what I concluded when visiting Ivan Meštrović Gallery in Split, the seaside city in Croatia.

What an impressive place. The gallery itself is already a monument designed by Meštrović himself. Luckily the building is not too packed with artwork, many of the sculptures need space around them. The art – inside and in the garden overlooking Adriatic Sea – is very powerful.

After several relocations in Europe due to political unrest during the early decased of 1900’s, Ivan Meštrović moved in 1946 to the USA, where he lived the rest of his life. We can now enjoy Meštrović’s are because during early 1950’s he donated all estates and hundreds of sculptures and drawings to the people of Croatia.

Ivan Meštrović's work was admired by Auguste Rodin, whose "Meditations" (on the right) was the inspiration for Meštrović's "Psyche", both statues shown in Ivan Meštrović Gallery during summer 2015.

Ivan Meštrović’s work was admired by Auguste Rodin, whose “Meditations” (on the right) was the inspiration for Meštrović’s “Psyche”, both statues shown in Ivan Meštrović Gallery during summer 2015.

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