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Ecce Homo (1915)


Rosandić, one of the most eminent Yugoslavian sculptors of his day, worked in stone, wood, bronze and other materials. Virtually self-taught except for a period in 1908 when he worked in the studio of Ivan Mestrovic, he lived and exhibited in Vienna before the First World War. At the outbreak of war he was in Belgrade but left with the retreating Serbian army and spent the war years in France and England. He returned to Belgrade in 1919 and taught at the Academy of Fine Arts for many years. In 1955 he gave his home, studio and several works to the city of Belgrade as a museum and retired to his birthplace of Split, where he died on 1 March 1958. The First World War had a great influence on Rosandić's work. Thereafter, his subject matter was dominated by the expression of human suffering and tragedy and he turned increasingly to religious themes. 'Ecce Homo' is one of his most important religious compositions. The elongated treatment of the figure, with its mildly Expressionistic concept which evokes feelings of pathos and despair, was a common feature of his work.