Lojze Dolinar (1893-1970), Slovenian

Lojze Dolinar is one of the central representatives of the 20th Century Slovenian sculptors. He was born in 1893 in Ljubljana.  His early sculptures are in the style of academic realism, symbolism, secession, and were created in the spirit of the picturesque, impressionistic and new-baroque modulation, while he also approached expressionism. After a short stay in the USA in 1920 he turned his attention to architectural plastic art in which he followed both antique as well as modern models. Orders for architectural plastic art led to his move to Belgrade in 1931. In the period between the two World Wars he was one of the most sought-after monument sculptors, creating among others, the tombstone of Dr. Janez Evangelist Krek, two Calvary monuments in Ljubljana, and the monument of fallen student-soldiers in Skopje. In 1946 he joined the Belgrade Fine Arts Academy, gaining a professorship in 1949, where he specialized in the design of the monumental, slightly modernized and fully plastic human figure depicted in the act of performing heroic gestures.  After World War II, new orders followed. His last great sculpture was the Revolution Monument in Kranj, where he lived after he had retired. In 1966, the lower and upper hall of the Kranj City Hall were adorned with graphic and plastic pieces of art which Dolinar donated to the Kranj municipality. Died in Ičići near Opatija in 1970.

Dolinar visited Skopje in 1935 during the construction of his monument in the honor of fallen Serbian student-soldiers in the Balkan and Great war. The monument was an artistic masterpiece composed of multiple bronze elements (on the top was the symbol of the Motherland with a sword, at the back was the Serbian mother of the fallen soldiers mourning) on a tall marble fundament. The monument was destroyed by the Bulgarian army during the World War 2. In 1949 he visited Skopje again and made bronze statue of Nikola Tesla, which today is in the back garden of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Skopje

Споменик на паднатите студенти-војници, Скопје 1935, бронза и мермер
Споменик на паднатите студенти-војници, Скопје 1935, бронза и мермер
Lojze Dolinar
Lojze Dolinar (1893-1970) Details of the monument to fallen student-soldiers, Skopje 1935, bronze and marble
Lojze Dolinar
Lojze Dolinar (1893-1970) Nikola Tesla, Skopje 1949, bronze

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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