Breaking the Mold: Sculpture in Paris from Daumier to Rodin

Auguste Rodin: Fugit Amor (Fleeting Love), from the Gates of Hell, 18
Oct 23, 2005 - Mar 12, 2006
Voorhees Gallery

Featuring nearly 350 three-dimensional works in a variety of media, Breaking the Mold: Sculpture in Paris from Daumier to Rodin documents the dynamic aesthetic, thematic, and technical concerns of sculptors in Paris from 1832 to the early years of the twentieth century. The exhibition presents many unpublished works by known and lesser known artists and puts these into context with works by major figures of the era. It also offers fresh insights into the aesthetics and purposes of sculpture and indicates the variety of sources from which artists found inspiration to break from academic conventions including non-Western art (Japanese), pre-Classical ancient art, and popular and folk art forms. Works display the full range of media explored by these artists: plaster, terracotta, bronze, wax, wood, and mixed media.

Breaking the Mold takes liberties with the generally accepted categories of sculpture by emphasizing three-dimensional caricatures and includes popular art forms such as puppets and zinc cutouts for shadow theaters. It also considers works related to, or studies for, major public monuments. Finally, it explores sculpture’s relationship to the subject matter, aesthetics, and commerce of its sister multiple art form—printmaking—featuring graphic works from the period by such artists as Honoré Daumier, Eugène Delacroix, Edouard Manet, Jean-François Millet, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Auguste Rodin 

Fugit Amor (Fleeting Love) from the Gates of Hell, 1881-87


Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

Gift of Hans Arnhold