For many, the name might not ring a bell, but Ivan Meštrović – who is often described as Croatia’s most famous sculptor – was one of the most renowned artists of the early twentieth century. Among other distinctions, he was the first artist to have a one-man exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in 1915, and he was the first living artist to exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
This piece was Meštrović’s first big break: being exhibited in the Secessionist exhibition of 1906 and subsequently purchased by the city of Zagreb in 1910. It was installed in front of the National Theater, where it still stands today.
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