Frano Kršinić
(1897 – 1982)
Diana, 1929

After having studied sculpture at the Crafts School in Korčula and at the Sculpture and Stonemasonry School in Hořice in the Czech Republic (1913 – 1917), Kršinić went on to graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1917 – 1921). He was one of the founding members of the Earth Association of Artists and a member of the Independent Collective of Croatian Artists. With his refined sculpture and unconstrained approach to teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, he made significant contributions to the development of contemporary Croatian sculpture.
Kršinić was an advocate of the trend in Croatian modern sculpture that pursued simplicity and synthesis of pure forms. He worked with traditional sculptural materials and was inspired by the brightness and beauty of the Mediterranean, permanently preoccupied with the female form and occasionally with native, portrait and monument themes. He achieved the highest artistic range in female nudes with recognisable expressions marked by a synthesis of classical form and lyrical content, refined round shapes, unique balance, conciseness and volume tension, soft lines, light and a masterful surface treatment. His bronze sculptures are inspired by mythological heroines, Amazon women and Diana, and shaped in wonderfully harmonious lines and movements. The sculptor does not depict his goddess of the hunt Diana as a traditional goddess, but as a young woman, corporeal and nude, in the position of an archer, as if stringing a bow, focused on her game.

Text: Tatijana Gareljić, museum consultant of the National Museum of Modern Art © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb
Translated by: Robertina Tomić
Photo: Goran Vranić © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb

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