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A Moment's Monument: Medardo Rosso and the International Origins of Modern Sculpture

Sharon Hecker
Format
Book
Published
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
9780520294486, 0520294483, 9780520967564
Summary
"Medardo Rosso (1858-1928) is one of the most original and influential figures in the history of modern art, and this book is the first historically substantiated critical account of his life and work. An innovative sculptor, photographer, and draughtsman, Rosso was a key figure in the transition from the traditional forms of sculpture that persisted through the nineteenth century to the experimental forms that developed in the twentieth. His antimonumental, antiheroic work reflected alienation in the modern experience yet also showed deep feeling for interactions between self and other. Rosso's art was also transnational: he refused allegiance to a single culture or artistic heritage and declared himself both a citizen of the world and a maker of art without national limits. In this book, Sharon Hecker develops a narrative that is an alternative to the dominant Franco-centered perspective on the origin of modern sculpture in which Rodin plays the role of lone heroic innovator. Offering an original way to comprehend Rosso, A Moment's Monument negotiates the competing cultural imperatives of nationalism and internationalism that shaped the European art world at the fin de siècle"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Laying the foundations for an antiheroic approach to modern sculpture
  • Monuments without idols
  • "Impressionist sculptor?" the impossibility of categorizing Rosso
  • Internationalism and experimentation
  • The artist's experience of migration
  • The shifting viewpoint of the outsider
  • Seeing and being seen : reimagining the encounter among artist, artwork, and the public
  • On the move : the quest for international recognition.
Description
xvii, 341 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-322) and index.
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