Friday 19 July 2013

Auguste Rodin at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen was opened in 1897 as a place where ordinary people could see classical and modern art.

There are paintings in the gallery, but it is a place that mainly exhibits sculpture - hence the name, from the Greek glypto which means sculpture - and there are sculptures in the garden on the side of the building as well

and one more.

The focal point is the Vinter Have, the Winter Garden, filled with palm trees, a fountain and statues: Jacobsen, who donated a large part of what is exhibited here, felt that the warmth and tropical plant life would lure visitors who wouldn't be interested by the works of art alone.

the dome

one more photograph of the winter garden.

We saw a Degas exhibition here, but this will be the subject of another post. This post is about some of the Rodin sculptures that are permanently exhibited here.

Rodin's work methods and interpretation of the human figure had a crucial influence on the modern sculpture which followed. In contrast to his colleagues, Rodin modelled directly from a living model without making preparatory sketches on paper even though he occasionally made use of photographs of his sculptures to visualise a new composition.

In bronze, as well as in marble, Rodin experimented with the open, 'unfinished' expression. The figures grow out of the material, in close dialogue with its characteristics. Focusing on naturalistic representation his sculptures bear witness to his debt to the Italian Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo. The latter's opinion that 'the form slumbers in the stone' greatly appealed to Rodin.

The Burghers of Calais,  1902-03

The Thinker,  1900-01

The Kiss, , 1901-03

The Danaid,  1900-01

The Good Genius,  1900

Jeanne d'Arc,  1882.

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