Saturday, January 19, 2013

Open Drawing Today and Rodin's Drawings of Cambodian Dancers

The Age of Bronze
Detail of am early sculpture by Rodin
located at the National Gallery of Art

Today is the day of the first Open Model session of the semester for KU.  It is free and open to the public.  The time is 11:00-2:00 in from 405 of Art and Design. 

Study of a hand by Rodin

We caught a story about  the sculptor Auguste Rodin's obsession with dancer's from Cambodia via Claudia at Museworthy:

In 1906, Rodin became obsessed with drawing dancers from Cambodia when the dancers were sent by King Sisowath to represent Cambodia in France's Colonial Exposition.  Although Rodin was not allowed to see the performance in Paris ( he was not properly dressed), he traveled to see the troupe's other performances that were scheduled.   In Marseille, in haste, he forgot drawing materials; he borrowed paper from a butcher shop to complete his drawings. 

Rodin drawing dancers in a park

Drawing of one of the Cambodian dancers

Drawing of one of the Cambodian dancers

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