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ISAMU NOGUCHI\n(american 1904-1988)\n"UNDINE"\nInscribed on base "ISAMU © 1927" stamped "ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y-", bronze, reddish brown and verdigris patinas\n76 1/2 in. (194.3cm) (height)
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title

"Undine"

creator

Isamu Noguchi

dimensions

76 1/2 in. (194.3cm) (height)

literature

"While completing high school in Indiana, Noguchi had his first experience with the profession of sculpture. In the summer of 1922 he traveled to Connecticut to join the studio entourage of Gutzon Borglum, an artist renowned for realistic portraits of famous persons, especially, later, the monumental presidential likenesses on Mount Rushmore. Although Borglum had no time for him, Noguchi learned from the other assistants and discovered his own talent for portraiture. He then enrolled at Columbia University in New York for premedical studies before deciding to become a sculptor - a decision supported by his mother, who had recently settled in New York. In a minor art school in a ramshackle building, Noguchi became the protégé of an Italian immigrant named Onorio Ruotolo, who showed him sophisticated academic techniques of drawing and modeling figures in clay and plaster. Many of his delicate pencil studies have classical names such as Passifae, placing Noguchi firmly in the European tradition based on classical Greco-Roman art and mythology. His life-size plaster statue of the water nymph Undine attests to Noguchi's remarkable mastery of idealized anatomy and pose. This kind of seductive nude- ostensibly erudite, but actually catering to prurient male audiences- had been popularized in France in the previous century and then migrated to America. Undine suggests that its maker had a healthy libido. This female image cannot be described as shy, passive, or modest; exuberant and titilating would be more accurate"

Text by Valerie J. Fletcher from Isamu Noguchi: Master Sculptor page 21, (London: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Scala Publishers) reproduced by permission of the publishers.

"While completing high school in Indiana, Noguchi had his first experience with the profession of sculpture. In the summer of 1922 he traveled to Connecticut to join the studio entourage of Gutzon Borglum, an artist renowned for realistic portraits of famous persons, especially, later, the monumental presidential likenesses on Mount Rushmore. Although Borglum had no time for him, Noguchi learned from the other assistants and discovered his own talent for portraiture. He then enrolled at Columbia University in New York for premedical studies before deciding to become a sculptor - a decision supported by his mother, who had recently settled in New York. In a minor art school in a ramshackle building, Noguchi became the protégé of an Italian immigrant named Onorio Ruotolo, who showed him sophisticated academic techniques of drawing and modeling figures in clay and plaster. Many of his delicate pencil studies have classical names such as Passifae, placing Noguchi firmly in the European tradition based on classical Greco-Roman art and mythology. His life-size plaster statue of the water nymph Undine attests to Noguchi's remarkable mastery of idealized anatomy and pose. This kind of seductive nude- ostensibly erudite, but actually catering to prurient male audiences- had been popularized in France in the previous century and then migrated to America. Undine suggests that its maker had a healthy libido. This female image cannot be described as shy, passive, or modest; exuberant and titilating would be more accurate"

Text by Valerie J. Fletcher from Isamu Noguchi: Master Sculptor page 21, (London: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Scala Publishers) reproduced by permission of the publishers.


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