FRANO KRŠINIĈ
1897–1982

BIOGRAPHY
FRANO KRSINIC, a renowned Croatian sculptor, was born in 1897 in Lumbarda on the island of Korcula into a family of labourers and stonecrafters. As a young man he himself was trained in the art of stonecrafting in the local school, but then proceeded to attend a sculpting school in Hoĝice in the Czech Republic. He graduated there in 1916 and enrolled at the Art Academy in Prague. He studied in the classes of J.V.Myslbek and J.Stursa and graduated in 1920. The same year he returned to Croatia and began his career as a freelance sculptor. Since 1924 he lived permanently in Zagreb, having been offered lectureship at the Academy of Fine Arts.

By the late twenties his individual expression is formed, away from the mainstreams of art–deco and the overwhelming influence of Mestrovic. It is in this period that his individual style and sculptural elegance took shape through a number of works defined by soft lines in closed forms such as Awakening, Diana, Young Woman Tending a Rose, Reading, After the Bath and others. In his middle years Kršiniĉ is devoted to fine chiseling in marble mostly of female acts and motherly motifs: Meditation, Mother Feeding a Child and others. It is in this period that he created his most characteristic composition Mother's play, several variations of a daring composition of Fishermen, as well as a dozen large-size momuments placed in open spaces. In 1947 he was conferred the title of master sculptor and nominated as head of postgraduate sculptural workshop in the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1948 he was elected a member of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences. His teaching career lasted until 1967. In this long period he trained and coached a number of successful young sculptors from Croatia and abroad. In his last decades Krsinic modelled numerous variations of the motif of young girl as well as acts and sculpted them in small formats. Works such as Worry, Sunbathing, Resting represent perfection in the softness of sculpting in marble. In 1975 he retired from active career and on January 1st, 1982 he died in Zagreb.

The works of Frano Krsinic are exhibited in private collections and museums in London, Geneva, Moscow, Berlin, Munich, Stockholm, New York, Washington, Addis Ababa, Kawasaki and elsewhere. Remaining ever faithful to the figurative expression of classic proportions Kršiniĉ exerted a significant influence on his period. He created some of the anthological works of Croatian sculpture such as Mother's Play, Meditation and After the Bath. Excelling in the beauty of lines, softness of volume and integrity of composition these works belong to the very apex of European figurative sculpture of the 20th century.


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