Even today, a century and a half after its emergence, impressionism still fascinates people worldwide. Especially the paintings, with their loose, sketchy brushwork, bright palette and depictions of everyday scenes, are familiar to us all. The diversity of impressionism in sculpture, on the other hand, is a subject that has received far less scholarly attention to date and is unknown to the broad public. The Städel Museum will present the first major exhibition ever to explore the question of how the attributes of impressionist painting – such as light, colour, movement and even ephemerality – found expression in sculpture. The show will revolve primarily around five artists – Edgar Degas (1834–1917), Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), Medardo Rosso (1858–1928), Paolo Troubetzkoy (1866–1938) and Rembrandt Bugatti (1884–1916) – whose oeuvres represent the various manifestations of impressionist sculpture.
Eugène Druet (1868–1917)
The Monument to Honoré de Balzac in the Studio at the Dépôt des Marbres (half-length view), 1896–1900
Gelatin silver paper
39,5 × 29,5 cm
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Kunstbibliothek
Photo: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Kunstbibliothek