The Italian artist Medardo Rosso (1858-1928) is a key figure in the development of modern sculpture. His portraits and figure studies have long been considered sculptural equivalents to Impressionism's concern with light at the expense of form. This book presents an artist more deeply concerned with materials, process, and the reproduction of his works than previously imagined. Rosso's fascination with technique is explored in detail from art historical, technical, and phenomenological perspectives. Drawing on a wealth of new archival material and close-up study of the sculptures, the authors show that Rosso's waxes, which are his best-known works, were not modelled by hand but cast with the help of gelatin moulds. The authors compare wax, plaster, and bronze casts of the same subjects to show that the manipulation of materials for visual effect was at the heart of his work. The book also reproduces and analyses Rosso's fascinating photographs of his own sculpture, which offer important clues to the charged relationship he sought to create between viewers and the mysterious busts and figures he made.
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This book is the catalogue for an exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museum (July 19 to October 26, 2003); the St. Louis Art Museum (November 21, 2003 to February 29, 2004); and the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (April 3 to June 20, 2004). Published in association with the Harvard University Art MuseumsAbout the Author:
Harry Cooper is curator of modern art at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums; Sharon Hecker is an independent art historian who has published widely on Rosso's work.
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Book Description South Bank Centre, London, 1994. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Many plates , some in colour (illustrator). 1st Edition. New. Bookseller Inventory # 019945
Book Description National Touring Exhibitions (, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11185332115X