Availability: In Stock
Year 1982
Bronze sculpture
Author Josip Konta
Limited edition 2/8
Certificate of authenticity
Short description:
Sculpture, patinated bronze:
height 64,5 cm
width 27 cm
depth 10,5 cm
Plinth, stone travertine, removable:
height 5 cm
width 17,5 cm
depth 17 cm
Total weight 11,7 kg

Delivery of artwork

All the artworks of Josip Konta come with a certificate of authenticity issued by the artist himself and a certificate of authorship from the Croatian Society of Fine Artists.

The artist provides free shipping of his works to any location worldwide, enabling art lovers to take delivery of his works without any additional costs, thereby saving time.

The sculptures are shipped in wooden crates custom-made for sculptures, which are certified for international shipping, ensuring the safety and protection of the artworks during transit to their new destination.

The weight of the crate is 37,7 kg, plus a protective filling made of light material.
The total weight of the wooden crate and sculpture is 49,4 kg.
This type of shipment is usually dispatched within 10 working days.
The price of the artwork does not include potential customs charges in the destination country. All customs fees are the responsibility of the buyer. It is the buyer's responsibility to fully inform themselves about the possible customs costs of the chosen artwork in the destination country.
Josip Konta was born in Livno on May 18, 1946. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1972 and completed his postgraduate studies as a collaborator in the master workshop of Professor Antun Augustinčić from 1972 to 1974.

Following three years (1974-1977) as the director of the Art Foundry at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, he has been living and working as an independent artist in Zagreb.

His fifty-year-long artistic career, marked by a series of solo and group exhibitions, has produced artworks found in private collections in both Croatia and abroad..
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Analysis of the sculpture and possible meaning
Prayer for Peace is a provocative sculpture that delves deeply into the complex emotions and experiences of a woman who surrenders and sacrifices herself for peace in her family. In this sculpture, the artist skillfully conveys complex themes and ideas that are deeply woven into his personal life journey, creating a work that is extremely intimate and emotional.

The sculpture depicts a female figure in an elevated position with her head slightly bowed, skillfully conveying a sense of deep and complete surrender in prayer. The hands and body of the sculpture further emphasize this portrayal, creating a highly emotional and expressive form that communicates the idea of sacrifice and dedication for a higher goal - peace.

The sculpture’s pose and facial expression reflect commitment to sacrifice and a determination to protect family peace. The depth of emotion that the artist conveys through the sculpture is truly impressive, and the universal message about the importance of peace and harmony in the family can be applied to all cultures and communities.

The sculpture is another example of Konta’s ability to express deep emotions and complex experiences through art, while at the same time conveying universal messages and ideas relevant to all cultures and communities. For lovers of figurative art, Prayer for Peace is a must-see work.


Main features of sculptural artworks

Josip Konta’s sculptural works reflect the artist’s deep fascination with themes of alienation, various states of the human spirit, and the individual’s position in society. Through his sculptures, Konta explores the complexity of human nature and the internal conflicts that accompany contemporary society.

His sculptural technique includes voids and irregularities in modeling, which are closely tied to the concept of negative space, further emphasizing the importance of the relationship between form and void in his works.

Konta uses negative space to achieve a specific aesthetic and convey a message in his works. The voids and irregularities in the sculptures symbolize feelings of alienation, emotional emptiness, or a lack of communication, further reinforcing his explored themes. The horse in Konta’s sculptural works often symbolizes humanity’s ideal reflection – that sought-after, better part of us that is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to achieve. The artist uses this motif to underscore the necessity of introspection for every individual.

Notably, the artist supports complete interpretive freedom for viewers of his sculptures, acknowledging that each interpretation of the work is subject to each individual’s personal experience based on their life experiences and understanding of the world.

Josip Konta’s bronze sculptures are produced exclusively in a limited edition of no more than eight original copies (1/1-1/8).

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