Perfection is Possible (?)

No longer often enough, but sometimes it snows in November. When it does, New York becomes a dream City for some – or a nightmare, depending on your standpoint (e.g. having to cross the city by car; the lady with the suitcase had just got off a barely moving cab, sure she would make it to destination faster on foot).

Midtown Manhattan, N.Y.

November 15th, 2018

Adagio

Swaying into December with Grace.

Auguste Rodin
Pierre de Wiessant, Monumental Nude (Pierre de Wiessant, nu monumental), 1886, cast 1983, for The Burghers of Calais.
Bronze

The Burghers of Calais is a memorial to a group of fourteenth-century citizens who offered to sacrifice themselves to save their long-suffering city. It comprises six large figures. For each of four of the monument’s six figures, Rodin also executed a full-scale nude, among them this undraped version of the burgher Pierre de Wiessant. The practice of creating nude figure studies, which allowed artists to refine poses and understand how clothing should drape over the body, derives from the academic tradition that Rodin both embraced and rejected during his career. {source}

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Brooklyn Museum

July 22nd, 2017