Paris. Exposition Universelle, 1900 Volume 2

Paris. Exposition Universelle, 1900 Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...OF THE BARBARIANS BY THE ELEPHANTS OF HAMILCAR, CIRCA B.C. 239 Likiiitl by tlif Sititi' PHOTOGRAVURK any central idea or sculptural motive; they are marked by most of the sculptor's mannerisms, the strongly characterized, almost caricatured heads, the enormous and uncouth hands and feet, the wilful emphasizing of details and peculiarities in order to arrive at that exaggeration which is acclaimed as de la pensee, intensite de vie, and etats d'ame. In its grossness and uneasy forcing of the note, this group is as far from expressing the simple tragic dignity of this particular incident as it is from being "completely beautiful." Of Rodin's later and minor and more sensational works, beginning with the groups for his Porte d 'Enfer, it is not possible to quote some of the more intimate descriptions by his most fervent disciples. Rather curiously, an English voice is heard in this chorus, that of Mr. M. H. S. Spielmann, who should know better. "Into these smaller works, whether the 'Dream of Life' or the 'Cupid and Psyche, ' the sculptor infuses an astonishing amount of passion and sweetness, and reveals a sensuousness of which no one knowing him only by his Hugo or his Calais monument would believe him capable. Herein he displays hot sympathy with the erotic passion; but he proves a love not less deep for the marble, which he caresses into flesh or flowing hair and even voluptuous movement." Naturally, M. Mirbeau can do better than this. "And, as every one knows, the motifs which here develop and expand have been inspired by the Inferno of Dante." This is a flat insult offered to the shade of the poet. "Concerning this imposing undertaking, there has been manifested a veritable agitation, increased to still greater...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236623134
  • 9781236623133