The Sculpture Show

  • 17th December 2011 − 24th June 2012 | Modern One (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)

Impressionist Sculpture

While the Impressionist painters of the 1870s and 1880s exhibited together and formed a distinct group, Impressionism in sculpture was less well defined. The goal of Impressionist painting was to capture a fleeting impression, and its defining characteristics were colour and loose brushwork. An impression, almost by definition, requires a single viewpoint, yet sculptors deal with the front, back and sides of their motif. Some argued that Impressionist sculpture was therefore impossible.

Auguste Rodin, a contemporary of Claude Monet, never referred to himself as an Impressionist. However, his vigorous, spontaneous modelling, in which his finger gestures are apparent, are analogous to the Impressionists’ free and broken brushwork.

This display in Room 2 features work by Rodin, Degas and Rosso.

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Ecce Puer [Behold the Boy] Medardo Rosso


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