Monday, June 9, 2014

Second Look: Figurative Sculpture

Brancusi, The Kiss, at the Phila Museum
Prompted by recent trips to the Rodin Museum and the PMA I've been looking at a lot of figurative sculpture.  I have loved that Brancusi sculpture since I was a kid.  It hits just the right note.

Pre-historic figurative sculpture

Maybe it is because I went to PAFA, a prominently figurative place, or maybe because I was in one too many art history courses that began with the Venus of Willendorf but throughout school I largely disregarded this particular type of work.  Which is sort of bizarre because I love the figure.  In truth, I guess the real reason is, I wasn't as comfortable in the language of sculpture and so I wouldn't engage with it as fully.  But like any art form, there is a lot of work, a lot of bad work, and a few exquisite ones, and I had to look to find the ones I am really drawn to.  These are a few of my all time favorites.

Theban workshop (Oinochoe type), 7th century BC

veiled figure in Central Cemetery, Vienna

Rodin, study for Polyphemus

Henry Moore, detail of figure 


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