Sculptor Svetoslav Peruzzi was one of the founders of the Vesna art club in Vienna. The club was founded in 1903 by Slovenian and Croatian students, including Saša Šantel, Gvidon Birolla, Maksim Gaspari, Svetoslav Peruzzi, Hinko Smrekar, Fran Tratnik, Tomislav Krizman, Ivan Meštrović and Mirko Rački. The members of the club highlighted Slovenian folk art in their works and focused mainly on book illustration, caricature and satire.
Svetoslav Peruzzi’s work was characterised by a calm realist tone with Secession-style poetic elements. In 1905, the sculptor depicted a member of the Vesna art club, the painter and illustrator Maksim Gaspari. This full-length portrait of Peruzzi’s friend, a small sculpture attempting to capture a momentary impression, borrowed from the work of Italian Impressionist sculptor Medardo Rosso. The witty characterisation of the figure can be compared to Rosso’s 1881 sculpture Unemployed Singer.
(Painting is for the time being no longer exhibited.)