Ivan Meštrović – Contemplation (1924)

With his proud nationalism and deep yearning for spirituality, Ivan Meštrović was the leading figure of Croatian modern sculpture. His art, encompassing Yugoslavia’s diverse influences, tells a story about religion, folklore, mythology and the heroism of accepting one’s fate, often times with an underlying nervous energy that simmers beneath the surface. Irrespective of the medium…

Camille Claudel – The Abandonment (1905)

“Have pity, cruel girl, I can’t go on, I can’t spend another day without seeing you. Otherwise the atrocious madness. It is over, I don’t work anymore, malevolent goddess, and yet I love furiously. My Camille be assured that I feel love for no other woman, and that my soul belongs to you. … Ah!…

Constantin Brâncuși – The Kiss (1907)

Born into a family of peasants in a small Romanian village, the modern sculptor Constantin Brâncuși (1876 – 1957) never lost track of his roots and humble beginnings. Even after he moved to Paris and built a prolific career in France, Brâncuși continued to present himself to the world as a peasant, with his unkempt…

Barbara Hepworth – Pelagos (1946)

One of the few female sculptors during her time to achieve international recognition, Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975) was a modern English artist and a leading figure of her generation. The story of her art revolves around St Ives, a seaside town in Cornwall,  where she moved in 1939 alongside her husband, artist Ben Nicholson,…