The well of life
Ivan Meštrović, 1905., exhibited in 1912 (architect Ignjat Fischer), in front of Croatian National Theater. First monument of the new aesthetic.
Placed in front of the National Theatre in 1912, the Well of Life is one of Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović’s most popular works. Dating from Meštrović’s youthful, playful period, it is a sensual piece of work that many believe to be among his best.
It basically consists of a circular pool surrounded by a bronze frieze of intertwined nude figures. From children to loving couples and old people, the figures appear to be reaching over the lip of the fountain to scoop up the water, suggesting a universal theme of human zest for life and interdependence.
Photo by: G. Vranić