Tuesday, February 1, 2011

From Neoclassicism to Expressionism

Hello Hello My Little Artsies,
I found this wonderful article in the Arts section of the New York Times titled "Odd Faces, Strange in Their Day, but Familiar in Our Time" today. It starts of with Proust, calls on da Vinci and ends up in Vienna. The article is a wonderfully exploratory trip through the works of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, an 18th-century German sculptor. Messerschmidt manifested his "artistic-disturbances" through a series of, what he called, character heads. This busts are crafted with bizarre, exaggerated expressions that intrigue even the least experienced art critic.

The article goes on to catalog the artists life from his youth in Germany to his final days in Vienna. 19 of Messerschmidt's character heads have been brought together for the show “Franz Xaver Messerschmidt 1736-1783: From Neoclassicism to Expressionism,” which has been organized in collaboration with the Louvre and travels to Paris from New York.
For the full article please visit NYTimes.com

Happy findings!

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