Product Code: WOMANSGAME28
Availability: In Stock
Year 1979
Bronze sculpture
Author Josip Konta
Limited edition 2/8
Certificate of authenticity
Short description:
Sculpture, patinated bronze:
height 141,5 cm
width 32 cm
depth 26 cm
Total weight 34,8 kg

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All the artworks of Josip Konta come with a certificate of authenticity.

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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 29 kg, plus a protective filling made of light material.
The total weight of the wooden crate and sculpture is 63,5 kg.
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Josip Konta (May 18, 1946 - December 7, 2023) was a prominent Croatian sculptor and painter whose art enriched the cultural scene of Croatia and abroad. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1972, and then continued his education through postgraduate studies as an associate in the master workshop of Professor Antun Augustinčić from 1972 to 1974.

From 1974 to 1977, he served as the director of the Foundry of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. After this period, Josip Konta lived and worked as a freelance artist in Zagreb, where he left a deep mark with his exceptional talent and passion for art.

His works have found their place in both Croatian and private collections around the world. Josip Konta passed away on December 7, 2023, but his legacy in the world of art remains vibrant, and his artistic achievements will continue to inspire generations of future artists and art lovers.


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Analysis of the sculpture and possible meaning

Woman’s Game is an incredibly emotional and visually impressive sculpture depicting a woman alone, immersed in the depths of her inner world. Konta masterfully created this dignified bronze figure, which was subsequently placed in the town park of Livno in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1989.

During the tragic war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1991-1995), the sculpture miraculously survived a dozen artillery shells that exploded in the park, remaining undamaged and intact. Word of its remarkable survival spread among the local community, with the local newspaper proclaiming it the protectress of Livno. A preserved article from the newspaper serves as a reminder of this incredible story.

Unfortunately, the original 1/8 edition of the sculpture was stolen in 2015 and has since disappeared without a trace. In honor of its unfortunate fate and with the intention of preserving its history, the author, Josip Konta, decided to create a 2/8 edition, which stands before us today as a testament to an incredible story of resilience, beauty, and inspiration.

The sculpture Woman’s Game not only represents Josip Konta’s artistic mastery and masterful sculpting technique but also symbolizes the indomitable spirit and hope that overcomes adversity like a bright flame in dark times.
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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