Medardo Rosso
Laughing Woman (Large Version) c.1891, cast 1950s

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Medardo Rosso 1858–1928
Laughing Woman (Large Version)
Grande Rieuse
Date c.1891, cast 1950s
Medium Wax and plaster
Dimensions Object: 545 x 510 x 192 mm, 7 kg
support: 20 x 520 x 230 mm, 3 kg
Acquisition Purchased 1986
Not on display

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Rosso moved from Milan to Paris in 1889 and made the first example of this sculpture around 1891. It was modelled from a cabaret singer, and demonstrates his concern with everyday subjects. He made three further versions of the sculpture, each in several examples and different media. This work, which consists of a thin layer of wax over a plaster support, is a posthumous cast, probably made in the 1950s. Rosso aimed to incorporate elements of the atmosphere surrounding his subjects, even asserting that 'a work of art that is not concerned with light has no right to exist'. Contemporary critics described his works as 'impressionist' because of their evocation of the fleeting sensations of visual experience.

August 2004

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