Author Josip Konta
Limited edition 2/8
Certificate of authenticity
Sculpture, patinated bronze:
height 141,5 cm
width 32 cm
depth 26 cm
Plinth, stone travertine, removable:
height 4 cm
width 24 cm
depth 26,5 cm
Total weight 34,8 kg
Ships in a crate.
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 was born in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on May 18th, 1946. After the High School of Applied Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb, Croatia, in 1972, and post-graduated on the studies as an associate in the master class of Prof. Antun Augustincic from 1972 to 1974. After three years (from 1974 to 1977) as the director of the Art Foundry at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, he lives and works as an independent artist in Zagreb. Fifty years of art work accompanied by a series of solo and group exhibitions that have resulted in artworks that are found in private collections both in Croatia and abroad.
The sculpture depicts a woman in her inner world.
A sculpture of a proud woman, cast in bronze, edition 1/8 was placed ina park in 1989, in the town of Livno in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During the 1991-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the dozen artillery shells that exploded in her park, the sculpture was not touched by a single shrapnel. This soon became known among the local people, so some local newspapers called her the Patroness of Livno.
Unfortunately, sculpture (edition 1/8) was stolen in 2015 and has since disappeared without a trace. The sculpture also has the alternative name Mistress of Solitude.
Main features of Josip Konta's artworks:
The theme of Konta's sculptures is often a critique of alienation and the various states of the human spirit and its position in society. Sculptural techniques, or the imperfect structure of sculptures, symbolically signify the imperfection of human.
This unusual, unnatural incompleteness of the body of Konta's figures, and the emptiness on the body, means acknowledging human vulnerability and weakness, means acknowledging human mortality, the possible inability to confront the coming existentialist questions - who I am and what I am looking for, what I miss, what is it and where is my second me?
Konta's horses represent support for the human being, at the same time symbolizing the human alter ego, the desired better self, but the almost impossible achievable better self.
In Konta's painting, the artist is prone to an expressionist approach in creating characters, colored very measuredly and carefully, and brilliantly supports the atmosphere of volume in which the theme is a range of inner states of the characters who are in anticipation, in boredom, in longing, in dilemma or fear, in love and/or sadness, in all those everyday, but also non-everyday situations
It is important to emphasize, the observer is free to interpret each sculpture as he wishes, it is a matter of personal impression to which the artist gives complete freedom.
Josip Konta's sculptures made in bronze can be the only original copies limited to eight copies (1/1 - 1/8), and four artist's copies (EA I/IV - IV/IV).