France Gorše

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France Gorše
Self-portrait France Gorše
Studio and art gallery in Suetschach / Feistritz

France Gorše (born September 26, 1897 in Zamostec / Sodražica ; † August 2, 1986 ) in Golnik / Kranj was a Yugoslav sculptor .


France Gorše was born the seventh of twelve children in the family of the bookbinder Martin and the housewife Margaret Gorše (maiden name Brinšek). He attended the public school in Sodražica (1908–1912) and the applied arts school in Ljubljana with Aloysius Repiču (1912–1914). During the First World War he was an Austrian soldier on the Italian front, near Pordenone at the end of the war . In 1920 he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Zagreb . He studied with Rudolf Valdec , Robert Frangeš and Ivan Meštrović , where he passed the exam in 1925. After his studies he traveled a lot ( Venice , Padua , Milan , Florence , Rome and Prague ) and in the same year he moved to live with his brother Martin, chaplain in Dolnje Vreme . Between 1926 and 1928 he lived in Trieste , then he moved to Gorizia , where he set up a studio, and in 1931 to Ljubljana, where he worked until 1945. In 1934 he was elected secretary of the Association of Slovenian Artists. In 1936 he was one of the founders of the art magazine together with editor Malesu. During the Second World War he opened a private art school in Ljubljana. Among his students were also: Drago Tršar , Marijan Tršar , Borcic Bizovičar and Milan Bizovičar . In 1945 he went back to Trieste, where he taught at the Slovenian university. In 1952 he went to the United States , first to Cleveland and then to New York . He spent almost two decades in the United States before moving back to Slovenia in 1971. Due to the resistance of the old regime, which prevented a monographic exhibition in Kostanjevici and the artist could not work in Ljubljana, he went to Carinthia as a pensioner , where he stayed in Korte / Trögern for a while. At that time he created a way of the cross for the Marienkirche in Maribor .

On May 25, 1973, he settled in the Rosental, where he created his own studio and gallery in the same year from the old farmhouse vulgo Vrbnik next to the parish church of Suetschach. In the park in front of his studio there is a row of busts, which he transformed into a unique cultural park. Among the sculptures of the most important cultural figures in Carinthia is his self-portrait. In 1974 he opened his new studio at his home, where he set up the permanent exhibition of his works the following year.

He left his entire gallery and cultural park to the Slovenian educational association Kočna .


In 1997 the Slovenian Post issued a stamp (80 SIT) with the motif of his sculpture Peasant Woman .

Picture gallery

Works (selection)

  • Bust of the academic painter Peter Markovič at the parish church in Rosegg (Carinthia)
  • Busts of personalities in the Suetschach Culture Park

Web links

Commons : France Gorše  - collection of images, videos and audio files