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A lovely bronze sculptural object. We have available a Bronze figure of a seated Camel, in a naturalistic style, signed and dated F. Gornik 1923. Gornik (1877-1943) Austrian. Visible on the side of the bronze is the Berndorf foundry stamp (Austria). It measures 5 ¾” L x 3 ¼” W x 3 ½” H. and is in excellent condition, casting is superb!
Friedrich Gornik attended a technical school in Villach before he studied and worked for a year with Theodor Charlemont in Vienna. Afterwards (1897-1905) he studied at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, which he completed with a travel scholarship. At an exhibition in Villach in 1903, he presented his works, including ceramic animal representations, partly for lighting fixtures, as well as designs for vases and bowls. Subsequently, Gornik created large animal figures in plaster, which were cast by other artists and were inspired by his own zoological studies in the Schönbrunn Zoo. A naturalistic horse group, the Troika, was bought by Emperor Franz Joseph I and is now in the imperial villa in Bad Ischl.
On January 4, 1916, Gornik was admitted to the art group of the k.u.k. Kriegspressequartier, where he was mistakenly referred to as a war painter when he entered. Among the works he made there during the First World War, in addition to human representation, are objects which reveal his preference for the animal motif. He exhibited together with other well-known artists of the War Press Quarterhe at the respective war exhibitions as well as at the Wiener Künstlerhausin 1916, 1917 and 1918.
Gornik continued to work partly in Vienna, partly in Carinthia, before he died of a stroke on 26 March 1943. He bequeathed his entomological collection to the Carinthian State Museum. Gornik's works are of high craftsmanship, coupled with a fine grasp of the psychic and physical. Friedrich Gornik was co-founder of the Carinthian Art Association, his works are now represented in several museums, including the Austrian Gallery Belvedere and the Military History Museum.