The painting Remembrance (see below) was inspired by the sculpture, also named Remembrance, created by Ivan Meštrović ( 1883, Croatia – 1962, USA). This marble sculpture is to be found in the collection of Narodni Muzej (National Museum) in Belgrade, Serbia. Meštrović was a phenomenal sculptor known for his powerful epic sculptures loaded with emotion and movement. He was an internationally renowned artist whose work, in my opinion and in terms of expressiveness and emotion, could easily be compared to the art of famous Rodin. In fact, Rodin himself called Meštrović “the greatest art phenomenon of their time”. However, just before the outbreak of the First World War, Meštrovic abandoned his epical stylization and concentrated his attention towards the religious themes. His sculpture lost some of its iconic epic energy, but gained more spiritual depth in return. Below you can see some samples of Meštrović’s sculptures from the public places and museums from Croatia, Serbia, Monte Negro and the US.
My painting Remembrance is a homage to this great artist, whose sculptures inspired me greatly during my studies at the art academy. In fact, at the end of the second year, I was so moved by his art that I almost decided to became a sculptor instead of a painter.
|Remembrance, oil on canvas, 50 X 70 cm, 2003|