ANTUN AUGUSTINCIC BRONZE SCULPTURE AT JENNMAUR GALLERY  
     
  ANTUN AUGUSTINCIC (CROATIAN 1900 -1979)  
 

Antun Augustinčić was born on the 4th of May, 1900 Klanjec. In 1918, he started studying sculpture at the Zagreb College of Arts and Crafts, with Prof. Rudolf Valdec and Robert Franges as mentors. After the college became the Royal Academy of Arts and Crafts in 1922, he continued his studies under the guidance of Ivan Meštrović. After his graduation in 1924, he received a scolarship from the French Government, and went to Paris to study at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs and and at the Academie des Beaux-Arts, under the guidance of Jean Antoine Injalbert. According to Augustincic's own words, Donatello, Michelangelo and Bourdell were his "spiritual fathers" for a number of years. While in Paris, he held an exhibition at the French Artists' Show-Room in 1925 and he exhibited at that of the Independent Artists in 1926. Upon his return to Zagreb, he participated in graphic exhibitions held in Zagreb in 1926, and in both Zagreb and in Lawow in 1927. That same year, he had a one-man exhibition at the Galic Show-Room in Split. In 1929 he was one of the founders of the Earth group, and later its' vice-president. He had exhibitions with the group in 1929, 1931 and 1932 in Zagreb, and in 1931 in Paris. Augustincic parted company with the group in 1933. At the same time, his works were exhibited in Barcelona in 1929, and in London and Belgrade in 1930.

As of the 30's, he started concentrating more on commissions for public monuments which he started back in 1928.He gained a reputation of a master of monuments throughout the world (particularly equestrian monuments) and he gained the status of state sculptor for Yugoslavia. In 1940 he became a corresponding member of JAZU (the then Yugoslav Academy of Science and Art). In 1946, he became professor at the Visual Arts Academy, and later on also its chancellor. In 1947, he was appointed master sculptor. In 1949, he became a full JAZU member, in charge of the Sculpture Workshop.

In 1970, he donated all his works to his native Klanjec, where Antun Augustincic's Gallery was opened in 1976.

Augustincic is consdidered one of the three most important Croatian sculptors of the 20th century, along with Ivan Meštrović and Frano Kršinić. The most well known international sculptures created by Augustincic are the "Peace" monument which stands in front of the United Nations building in New York and the "Miner" statue in front of the Internatinal Labor Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

He died on 10 May 1979 in Zagreb.

List of executed monuments: http://www.mdc.hr/augustincic/eng/augustincic/spomenici.html

ref : Antun Augustincic Gallery , http://www.mdc.hr/augustincic/eng/augustincic/index.html

 
     
 
Antun Augustincic (Croatian, 1900-1979)"Marshal Tito" bronze, circa 1939, signed. This is an artist's maquette similar to the 15th monument to Marshal Tito (president of the former Yugoslavia) installed in Kumrovec (birthplace of Tito) in 1948
Dimensions: Total height 9 &1/2 inches