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Title :

The difficult labour of Hamo Thornycroft's Mower, 1884

Author :
GETSY, David J. ;
Publication year :
2002
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The Mower represents Thornycroft's attempt at achieving a universal, ideal sculpture for modern times. Up to 1884, the sculptor had combined traditional subject matter with innovative experiments with form, culminating in Teucer in which he aimed to modernise and enliven the classical. In 1884, his newly found political progressivism encouraged a move to socially engaged ideal statuary. Mower represents a contemporary, lower-class, rural worker, as well as conveying an English pastoral nostalgia. However, Thornycroft's attempt at assimilating 'modernité' into conventional sculptural style resulted in a hybrid of the classic and contemporary, a tentative first step rather than an innovative advance into modern sculpture. The difficulty of the project, and its critical reception, serve to show the problems encountered by sculptors negotiating the traditional heritage of statuary while aiming to address modern concerns. ;
Pagination/Size :
6 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ; 5305B - 1800-1945 ; Sculpture ; 530-V - 1800-1945 ;
French keywords :
Classicisme ; Grande-Bretagne ; Iconographie ; Le Moissonneur ; Modernité ; Nouvelle Sculpture Anglaise ; Pastoralisme ; Réalisme social ; Sculpture ; Technique ; Thornycroft, William Hamo, 1850-1925 ; Travaux agricoles ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Agricultural labor ; Classicism ; Great Britain ; Iconography ; Modernity ; Mower ; New Sculpture movement ; Pastoralism ; Sculpture ; Social realism ; Technique ; Thornycroft, William Hamo, 1850-1925 ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Sculpture journal, 2002, 7
INIST identifier :
24904003 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1366-2724 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, London
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;