(Vrpolje 1883–1962 South Bend)
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović (1883–1962) came to Vienna in 1900 from the Dalmatian Hinterland. Blessed with a natural aptitude, he decided to study sculpture. With his training at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts between 1901 and 1904 he laid the foundations for his artistic career, which took him to France, Italy, Switzerland and eventually to the US. The larger than life-sized hand was modeled in a naturalistic manner. Protruding vertically from the plinth, it suggests a raised arm with an upheld hand. The sculptor paid close attention to rendering the individual fingers: delicate, long, splayed and slightly bent, they invest the hand with a powerful, eloquent gesture.