Sculpture is the art “du trou et de la bosse” — of the hole and the lump — Auguste Rodin once told a French critic. The art of understatement was also apparently among his gifts.
At the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art last semester, Richmond students had the opportunity to see some of the works that have continued to capture the world’s imagination a century after his death.
The exhibit, called “The Human Experience: Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections,” included 32 bronze sculptures that displayed the artist’s fascination with the human figure and the body in motion.
The exhibit was accompanied by programs throughout the semester, including a bronze pour demonstration and a walk-through with Mitchell Merling, head of European art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.