After the unveiling of the Prešeren Monument, Ivan Zajec travelled first to Paris, then to Trieste and Rome, from where he was interned to Sardinia during the war.
In 1906, Zajec exhibited The Cossack’s Dream, a high-relief he had made in Vienna, at the Paris Salon. Zajec’s reliefs Conflagration (1910) and Wave of Life (1913) were created after his Paris experience and under the influence of Rodin’s work, especially The Gates of Hell, which the master had been working on for more than two decades.
The exciting subject-matter of the Symbolist Wave of Life approaches some of Franc Berneker’s works in the National Gallery’s collection that share a similar motif of “waves of life” or “unification in death”.
Exhibition: Sculpture around year 1900; From the art collection of National Gallery of Ljubljana, 21 Mai - 6 September 1998