Benvenuto Cellini

Bogdan Kršić, Belgrade, Serbia, 1975

aquatint gravure in copper,

dimensions: 50 x 70 cm,

MAA Inv. No. 17581

The portfolio of drawings and sketches "Benvenuto Cellini" (produced in 1975, and published for bibliophiles in 1976 in Rome) is a work of exquisite graphic perfection in three techniques: dry needle, aquatint, and copper etching.

Inspired by the creativity of one universally talented late-Renaissance master, Benvenuto Cellini, B. Kršic aims to suffuse his work with a Renaissance-like feel for realizing his own creative liberties and powers. On the basis of his studies of medieval art, gothic mysticism, and apocalyptic teachings of the Reformation, Bogdan Kršic (pronounced Krshich) shifts his knowledge into the sources, and then into the works of fantastic, grotesque world.

Bogdan Kršic was, from 1962 to 1997, the full professor at the FPU (Faculty of Applied Arts) where he taught the subject Book Graphics (Department of Applied Graphics, atelier Graphics and Book).

Solo exhibitions: several in Beograd (Belgrade) from 1958 to 1998, several in Sarajevo and Prague, and then in Solingen (Germany), Paris, and New York.

Most important works: Cycle of graphic works (in Serbian it is ciklus grafika, pronounced tzi-klus, "a cycle" meaning circle or completed series) and a corresponding book Erasmus, Praise of Folly in 1962; Cycle of graphic works Sebastian Brant, Ship of Fools in 1964; cycle of graphic works Benvenuto Cellini in 1975; cycle of graphic works Goya in 1998.

Most important awards: Great Seal of the Graphic Collective, 1963; First-place Award at the International Graphics Biennial in Buenos Aires, 1968; October Award of the city of Beograd (Belgrade), 1975; First-place Award at the graphics biennial in Banska Bystrica town in Slovakia, 1969; Award for a lifetime contribution to the graphic art at the 5th International Biennial in Beograd, 1998.