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Rodin by Albert Edward Elsen

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Rodin by Albert Edward Elsen. A First Edition, published in 1963 by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

"Rodin's prodigious achievement, which revolutionized sculpture and has deeply influenced modern artists, is here given its first thorough analysis in English. Professor Elsen's authoritative text sets the artist into historical perspective, draw ing liberally upon quotations from Rodin himself and from critics who violently attacked or staunchly defended him. Rodin the conservative, steadfastly adhering to naturalism, is contrasted with Rodin the insurgent, "father of modern sculpture," who toppled the conventions of academic art and opened new possibilities for sculptors of our own century.

The richly illustrated text presents the many aspects of Rodin's art: the early decorative works; the first independent figure studies; the epic Gates of Hell and its derivatives, which continued to engross the artist from 1880 until his death in 1917; the dramatic Burghers of Calais and the controversial Monument to Balzac, which invested monumental sculpture with new expressive power; the portraits; the works in marble; the drawings; and finally, the little-known improvisations, the torsos and other fragmented figures, once either disregarded or termed "obscene" and "sadistic," but nowadays regarded with special esteem.

Jacques Lipchitz' introductory "Homage" and the "Post script: Rodin and America" by Peter Selz, Curator of Painting and Sculpture Exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, add further to Professor Elsen's discussion of changing standards of taste that have brought about new appraisals of Rodin's art and its relevance to our own day. The work concludes with a detailed biographical outline and bibliography.

In following the development of Rodin's career, the reader will confront afresh such significant problems as the relation between modern art and that of earlier periods, the interaction between artistic form and expressive content, and the perennial struggle which the innovating artist must undergo before winning acceptance."

H 10" x L 7 1/2" x W 1"

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