Medardo Rosso

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Rosso, Medardo


Born June 20, 1858, in Turin; died Mar. 31, 1928, in Milan. Italian impressionist sculptor.

Rosso received no formal artistic training. He worked in Milan, in Venice, and—after 1886—mainly in Paris. In his many-figured compositions and his portraits of children, Rosso sought to render the changeability of nature, to impart picturesquely amorphous and fluid qualities, and to achieve softly modeled forms and a texture receptive to light. Rosso often worked in wax. His sculptures include The Golden Age (1886–87, Musée du Petit Palais, Paris), Laughing Girl (1889, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig), Motherhood (1889, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Turin), and Veiled Woman (1893, National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome).


Borghi, M. Medardo Rosso. Milan, 1950.
Barr, M. S. Medardo Rosso. New York, 1963.
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As Rodin rose to fame, and became regarded in the early 20th century as the master of Impressionist sculpture, some contemporary critics recognised another artist as the true revolutionary--the Italian sculptor Medardo Rosso (1858-1928).
And the artist deconstructs painting similarly, stripping it of every normative element, shucking its literary subjects as if she were photographing a photograph and then arranging it on a pedestal (an operation with which Medardo Rosso was quite familiar).
However, it certainly gives a new historical context to their explorations of the boundaries between presence and impermanence versus the third player in this exchange, the Italian "impressionist" Medardo Rosso, whose beeswax-over-plaster Child in the Soup Kitchen (1893/cast ca.
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True to his surname, Medardo Rosso was a fiery spirit who escaped ottocento realism to become one of the progenitors of modern sculpture.
He is currently organizing an exhibition of the sculpture of Medardo Rosso, the first examination of the artist's work by a US museum in forty years, to open at Harvard in July 2003.
Emphasizing painting, the show features artists ranging from Medardo Rosso to Alex Katz, Oskar Kokoschka to Cleg & Guttman.
I think that for Twombly this golden age began (more or less) with Medardo Rosso and ended with David Smith.
The great strengths of the collection are in several impressive groups of works - those by Medardo Rosso (particularly the heart-stopping waxes), Matisse, Giacometti in the postwar period, David Smith (including an outstanding Voltri work from 1962 and the breakthrough House in a Landscape, 1945), and Anthony Caro (with Carriage, 1966, one of his best sculptures) - and several extraordinary single examples: an amazing Gauguin, Tahitian Girl, ca.
In Voice, a series of suggestive amorphous objects like melting Medardo Rossos are lined up in a long row on a severe minimalist table with thin steel legs and a plateglass surface.