Jakob Savinšek, Pregnant, patinated plaster, 1949
The work Pregnant dated in the year 1949 and shows the female figure with a small oval head and a broadly rounded body. On the tense abdomen, the resting hands indicate the state of expectation of the depicted woman. In this statue Savinšek abandoned all the details that would hinder the understanding and vision of the body, its volume. The stylization is slightly softened only on the face. The work Pregnant, a sculptor’s small work, which belongs to the frame of his intimate plastics and depicts Savinšek’s life companion, the Slovenian theater and film actress, Mila Kačič, in their “happy anticipation” of their son David.
Sculptor, also an illustrator, Jakob Savinšek was born on February 4, 1922 in Kamnik. In Ljubljana he finished high school (1941) and later, in 1949, studied at the Academy of Performing Arts. In 1950 he attended a sculptural specialty with Boris Kalin. During the Second World War he was interned in Gonars in Italy. He completed his professional studies in study trips in Austria and Switzerland (1951/2), in Italy (1952, 1954, 1957), in France and the United Kingdom (1955). He also acted as a scenographer. The wider public is known for many public monuments. He died in Kirchheim in Germany in 1961.
The work is part of the donated collection of small plastics by Jakob Savinšek, which Mila Kačič donated to the town of Kamnik, Gallery Miha Maleš.