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Title :

Rodin : the Zola of sculpture; Aldershot; Burlington, VT; Ashgate

Substance and shadow : conceptions of embodiment in Rodin and the New Sculpture

Author :
HATT, Michael ;
Publication year :
2004
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Examines the position of Rodin in relation to the British New Sculpture movement, exploring different conceptions of embodiment represented by the male nude. The juxtaposition of Rodin's Age of Bronze and Frederic Leighton's Athlete Struggling with a Python, both exhibited in 1877, shows how both French and British sculptors were involved in the same theoretical and visual debate about corporeality. Shows how Rodin's use of pose, touch, and surface, challenges the model of masculine nudity represented by the New Sculpture. Looks at the importance of Nietszchean theories of the body for his work, especially the metaphor of the shadow which features in Rodin's theory of sculpture, and its consequences for conceptions of vision and the image. The combination of aspects of Rodin and Leighton is illustrated by Alfred Gilbert's Icarus of 1884 and leads to the conclusion that rather than representing opposing sides, the sculptors represent complementary ways of rethinking the male nude to embody sexuality, masculinity, somatic experience, and the moral struggle. ;
Pagination/Size :
4 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Athlète luttant avec un python ; Ecrits ; Esthétique ; France ; Gilbert, Alfred, 1854-1934 ; Grande-Bretagne ; Icare ; Iconographie ; L'Age d'Airain ; Leighton, Frederic, baron, 1830-1896 ; Masculinité ; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900 ; Nouvelle Sculpture Anglaise ; Nu masculin ; Ombre ; Pose ; Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917 ; Sculpture ; Sexualité ; Surface ; Technique ; 1800-1900 ; 1874-1889 ;
Descriptors :
Aesthetics ; Age of Bronze ; Athlete Struggling with a Python ; France ; Gilbert, Alfred, 1854-1934 ; Great Britain ; Icarus ; Iconography ; Leighton, Frederic, baron, 1830-1896 ; Male nude ; Masculinity ; New Sculpture movement ; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900 ; Pose ; Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917 ; Sculpture ; Sexuality ; Shadow ; Surface ; Technique ; Writings ; 1800-1900 ; 1874-1889 ;
Document type :
Article ;
INIST identifier :
24875507 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 0754609049 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ; UNITED STATES ;