Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This guy looks like he is struggling on Tinder!
Haha! His name is Ivan Mestrovic and he was a sculptor. His student Malvina Hoffman used him as a model for one of her projects, which later became this over life-size figure of Mestrovic. While it does look like he is puzzled with a dating app, if you look closely you will see he actually holds a mold of clay, showing his role as an artist.
Can you tell me about Martinique Woman?
That is "Martinique Woman" by Malvina Hoffman. This work is one of a number of portrait heads based on Malvina Hoffman’s travels through Africa about 1928. It is carved out of black metamorphic stone. There is also a large-scale sculpture by Hoffman on view in Visible Storage, it is of one of her sculpture teachers, Ivan Mestrovic.
Tell me more.
This sculpture is by Malvina Hoffman and dates to 1925. It depicts a man named Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who served as Hoffman's mentor early in her career. You may notice that he is holding a lump of clay and wearing an artist's smock. His powers as a sculptor in his own right are on full display!