Ivan Meštrović

Ivan Meštrović (15 August, 1883 – 16 January, 1962) was a Croatian sculptor and architect. He is renowned as one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century. He was the first living person to have a one man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New Yor City. With heroic-national and intimate cycle, religious cycle occupies a central place in the creation of Ivan Meštrović (sacred objects, sculpture in marble, bronze and wood), combined with archaic, gothic, secessionist and expressionist style. Some of his most popular sculptures are: The Source of Life (1905), The Bowman and The Spearman, also known as Indians set in the Central Grant Park in Chicago (1928), Victor (1928), Gregory of Nin statue (1929), The Monument to the Unknown Hero (1934-1938) etc. Before he died, at the request of various people from his homeland he sent 59 statues from the United States to Yugoslavia and in 1952 even signed off his Croatian estates to the people of Croatia, including over 400 sculptures and numerous drawings. He died in South Bend, Indiana on 16 January, 1962.

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