Ivan Meštrović

Ivan Mestrovic (? Pronunciation / i) ( born August 15, 1883 in Vrpolje, Austria - Hungary, † January 16, 1962 in South Bend, Indiana, United States) was a Yugoslav sculptor and architect. He was professor of sculpture at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Ivan Mestrovic was born in the railway station near the village of Strizivojna Vrpolje in Slavonia. His parents Ivan Mestrovic - Gabrilović and Marta Kurobasa happened to be in Slavonia for the corn harvest. Immediately after birth, the parents of Ivan Mestrovic went back to the village Otavice near Drniš in which Ivan Mestrovic spent his childhood.

After his studies in the years 1907-1909 at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Mestrovic lived for several years in Paris. Between the two world wars, he taught as a professor of art at the Art Academy in Zagreb. During this period he created among other things the Strossmayer monument in Zagreb, the monument Gregory of Nin in Split and the Indian Memorial in Chicago.

In 1947 Mestrovic emigrated to the United States.

Mestrovic be attributed to strong influences on the currents of European and North American art. Self- excited by the Paris Expressionism and the Vienna Secession, wearing his works trains the Attic peoples and Renaissance sculptures of Michelangelo, but at the same time it strengthens the tradition of his own people.

The Mestrovic Gallery (Palace and Castellan ) in Split and Mestrovic Atelier in Zagreb accommodate a variety of his work. The marble relief work, " The Maid of Kosovo " (1908 ) in the National Museum of Belgrade was mapped to the old Yugoslav 50 dinar bill ( around 1980 ). His major works include Mestrovic mausoleum in Otavice, the Roman Pietà (1942-1946) and Jacob's well (1957 ), both in the structure of the University of Notre Dame ( USA), as well as the statue of Pobednik (1928 ) in Belgrade.

The grave of Ivan Mestrovic is located about ten kilometers from the southern Croatian town Drniš. It is located on a hill in the village Otavice. Besides Mestrovic mausoleum located in the remains of his family.



  • Plastic, full-page illustration: National Symbol of the Ustasha, in: Illustrirte newspaper, JJ Weber, Leipzig. Second half of 1941, 98.Jahrgang