Mirror Image

4 03 2015

This weeks lesson was about Mirror Images. I stopped at the NC Museum of Art to take some photos of the sculptures that are outside at the museum. I  wanted to get a photo of the Rodin sculpture that sits opposite the entrance to the new building. My mirror image is subtle. You can see a pattern in the naked trees in the middle. ruth-ellenFlanagn-mirrorImage_5910



This is the other side of the sculpture (of course the sun was in the wrong place):


This sculpture replaced The Thinker, which was on display for several years. I had to mirror-image this one too:











The museum has some funky shaped light fixtures in the old restaurant site. I changed the color to blue, cropped the edges when I took the photo in 2011. This week I had to try a mirror image. I did this one vertically.




Cast made by Fonderie de Coubertin in 1986 for the museum collections.

During the Whistler exhibition inaugural dinner held in London, in 1905, it was decided to erect a monument to the painter James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). The commission went to Rodin, who, in 1903, had been unanimously elected president of the International Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, the association founded by Whistler in 1897. Rodin decided to pay tribute to the painter’s genius, not through a conventional portrait, an effigy or historical scene, but through an allegorical figure, a “Muse climbing the mountain of fame”, the model for which was Gwen John, a young Welsh painter.
This design, which paved the way for a whole new concept of the public monument, resulted in a large-scale, armless,nude figure, exhibited at the Salon, where it was criticized for its unfinished appearance.The sculpture should have been reworked, but on Rodin’s death, the monument was still not complete.



2 responses

19 10 2015

BettyJosPicson Mar 07
This is really cool! Great subject, well done.

Ruth-Ellen Burack Flanaganon Mar 05
Thanks! No, it is in Raleigh. The NC Museum of Art was given a collection of Rodin’s sculptures. Not sure if this piece is part of the permanent collection like The Thinker, which is not on display now. Check out other pieces: https://www.flickr.com/search/?w=27859033@N00&q=rodin

LaVetaJudeon Mar 05
Hi Ruth Ellen:
Is this in Charlotte? Rodin is my favourite. I like your mirrored image very much.

7 03 2015

I love how all of the statues frame the mirrored image behind them…very cool! My fav is the lights…that would be a very cool framed abstract!

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