Ivan Meštrovic

Portrait of the Artist

1915

Medium
Plaster
Dimensions
Object: 498 x 229 x 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1918
Reference
N03284

Display caption

Mestrovic was born in Dalmatia, the son of a shepherd. He studied sculpture in Vienna, and then in Paris, where he met Rodin. From 1907 to 1912 Mestrovic worked on a large architectural and sculptural shrine, the Temple of Kossovo, which was to commemorate heroes from Serbian medieval history. This shrine was not realised but it gained the artist a major European reputation. In 1915 a group of British admirers mounted a large Mestrovic exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the artist paid his first visit to Britain at the time of this exhibition. This self-portrait was executed during this stay.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Ivan Meštrovic 1883-1962

N03284 Portrait of the Artist 1915

Not inscribed
Plaster, 19 5/8 x 9 x 9 1/4 (50 x 23 x 23.5)
Presented by the artist 1918
Exh: [? Serbo-Croatian Artists. Meštrovic-Racki-Rosandic, Grafton Gallery, London, December 1917 (55) as 'The Artist's Portrait in plaster']; Sculpture by Meštrovic, Twenty One Gallery, London, May-June 1919 (3A, repr.); Yugoslav Exhibition, RA, London, January-February 1944 (55)
Lit: Sir John Lavery, M. Curcin and others, Ivan Meštrovic: A Monograph (London 1919), No. 224, p.65
Repr: René Huyghe (ed.), Larousse Encyclopedia of Modern Art (London 1965), pl.1085

Executed in London during the artist's first visit to this country. It does not seem to have been cast in bronze.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.511-12, reproduced p.511