Antun Gustav Matoš
Ivan Kožarić, 1978., Strossmayer promenade.
Visitors can soak in the view of central Zagreb in the company of poet Antun Gustav Matoš (1873-1914), whose statue sits on a bench beside Strossmayer Promenade.
Although not born in Zagreb, Matoš grew to become one of the city’s greatest enthusiasts, writing frank and outspoken newspaper columns that extolled the bohemian life of the city. He also wrote some of the best-loved poems in the Croatian language.
Matoš packed a lot into his relatively short life, and is remembered as something of an archetypal rebel and dreamer.
Ivan Kožarić’s sculpture of Matoš was placed on the promenade in 1978.