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Gage Guided Tour with Mike Magrath at Portland Art Museum
Rodin: The Human Experience
2017 | Friday, March 24
Join Atelier instructor Mike Magrath for a tour of the beautiful exhibit Rodin: The Human Experience at the Portland Art Museum. In addition to touring the exhibit, you will also tour the museum’s permanent collection of important Old Master works and enjoy lunch in Portland.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
One of the greatest artists of his time, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) revolutionized the art of sculpture with works that probe expression with the human figure and face. While his sculpture always remained faithful to nature, he departed from traditional practice in seeking to reveal the creative process. This exhibition of stunning bronzes will demonstrate Rodin’s particular passion for modeling the human form in clay, the medium in which his hand and mind are most directly evidenced.
The selected bronzes in the show represent the major achievements of Rodin’s long career. They include powerful studies for The Burghers of Calais, as well as works derived from his masterpiece, The Gates of Hell. Others, such as The Night (Double Figure), demonstrate his experimentation with assemblage. Rodin: The Human Experience also features sculptures, such as Monumental Torso of the Walking Man, which demonstrate Rodin’s admiration for Michelangelo, and Dance Movement D, which speaks to his interest in creating an illusion of movement.
The exhibition is especially rich in portraiture. Included are Rodin’s famous depictions of the writers Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac; the composer Gustav Mahler; the artist Claude Lorraine; one of his favorite dancers, Hanako; and his portrayal of God, which is also a self-portrait.
Rodin’s ability to use bronze to represent living flesh and his interest in expressing extreme psychological states were highly influential upon younger artists, both in Europe and America. Rodin: The Human Experience reveals why the artist is considered the crucial link between traditional and modern sculpture.
Organized by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and host curated by Dawson Carr, The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art.
Tour the beautiful Rodin exhibit at the Portland Art Museum with Mike Magrath.