Street entrance to Museum ...
Having completed his studies in Vienna and after living in Paris, Rome, Cannes and London, Ivan Mestrovic returned to his homeland Croatia in 1919 as an acclaimed and successful artist. In 1920, he bought three ajoining houses dating from the late 17th century in the historic Upper Town centre of Zagreb.
The Evangelist John - bronze - 1929
After much renovations and buildings alterations, the site became a home and workspace and studio to Ivan, his second wife Olga and their children. They lived there until 1942, when Ivan left the country to live for a short time in the USA.
In 1952, a contract of donation was concluded between Ivan Mestrovic and the government of the People's Republic of Croatia, which included the property complex of residential building, atrium, studio, and yard in Mestrovic's legacy, thus making it legal property of the People's Republic of Croatia.
Prince Marko on Sarac - bronze - 1910
In order to convert the complex into an exhibition space with the permanent display of donated Mestrovic's works (today called the Mestrovic Atelier), it was necessary to repair and adapt all parts of the complex and the sculptures needed to undergo the conservation program. The Mestrovic Atelier, ie the permanent exhibition of Ivan Mestrovic's works, was opened to the public in the 1969.
Woman Beside the Sea - marble - 1926
Moses - stone - 1912
Study for the Hand of Gregory of Nin - bronze - 1927
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Self-portrait - bronze - 1930
Stallion - bronze - 1912
Marija Banac - bronze - 1915
Young Man Thinking - bronze - 1915
Small study for Cyclops - bronze - 1928
Portrait of Vera Cuca Milcinovic - bronze - 1906
Warrior - bronze - 1911
Olga Mestrovic Feeding Tvrtko - bronze - 1925
Group of Portraits - marble - 1930
detail ... Ivan Mestrovic - marble - 1930
Pieta - bronze - 1932
Mother Teaching Child to Pray - bronze - 1925
Woman Sitting on her Heels - bronze - 1915
Marij Banac - bronze - 1915
Madonna and Jesus - bronze - 1918
Study for Ruder Boskovic - bronze - 1939
Study for Strossmeyer - bronze - 1924
Dancer - marble - 1911
Waiting - marble - 1928
Female Torso with Arms - marble - 1928
Mother Thinking - marble - 1930
Resting - marble - 1933
Amor and Psyche - marble - 1918
It was quite a joy to make another connection with this great artist and to see more of his beautiful works - and of course to wander through his city house imagining his life as it must have been there ...