Posted by: Valentino Radman | May 4, 2010

Antun Augustinčić

On this day 110 years ago, Antun Augustinčić (1900-1979) was born in Klanjec, Croatia.

Along with Ivan Meštrović and Frano Kršinić he is considered one of the three most important Croatian sculptors of the 20th century. His most notable sculptures include Miner statue in front of the International Labour Organization headquarters in Geneva and one of the symbols of the United Nations – Peace (or Horsewoman) monument, which is situated in front of the main UN building in New York. The basement of the statue is made of marble from the island of Brač, Croatia. A 5.5 meter tall equestrian sculpture is situated on the 10 meter tall stand. On the right is the model for the monument (click for enlargement)

In 1918 Augustinčić enrolled at the Zagreb College of Arts and Crafts, where he studied sculpture with prof. Rudolf Valdec and Robert Frangeš as mentors. After the college was turned into the Royal Academy of Arts and Crafts in 1922, he continued studies under the guidance of Ivan Meštrović. Upon graduation in 1924, he received a scolarship from the French Government, and went to Paris to L’Ecole des Arts decoratifs and to L’Academie des Beaux-Arts, under the guidance of J. A. Injalbert. According to his own words, Donatello, Michelangelo and Antoine Bourdelle were his “spiritual fathers” for a number of years. In 1925, he held an exhibition at the French Artists’ Show-Room, while, in 1926, he exhibited at that of the Independent Artists. Beside Paris, Augustinčić exhibited in Zagreb, Barcelona, London, Venice, Lwów, Belgrade and his  public monuments can be seen all over the world – in Adis Abeba, Katowice (Poland), Moscow, Rome, New York, Buenos Aires…

His last great work was the memorial dedicated to the 1573 Peasants’ Revolt and its leader Matija Gubec, which was erected near Oršić Castle in Gornja Stubica, Croatia in 1973. The monument is made of bronze and stone and features a relief covering 180 square metres.

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  1. Valentino,

    Thanks for carrying the torch forward through the avant garde indifference to the few of us old guarde. And for teaching an old salt about Augustinic, a fellow torch bearer.

    Gratefully yours,
    Oliver McRae
    Sculptor of the noble and humanistic profound

    • Thanx for your comment, Oliver. I am glad you liked the post.
      I do think it is due time that art aficionados become aware of great but unjustly neglected art and artists. Augustincic is one of them, that’s for sure.
      Regards
      V.


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