Museum Folkwang
Bambino al sole
  • Medardo Rosso
  • Bambino al sole, 1892

  • Child in the Sun
  • Bronze
  • 35,5 x 27 x 25,5 cm
  • Acquired in 1904 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
  • Inv. P 66
  • CommentaryWith its fleeting, momentary appearance, created from a movement filled with light, ›Bambino al sole‹ is a work typical of Medardo Rosso – not a static sculpture, but a plastic reproduction of an impression he experienced. Rosso is often called an Impressionist sculptor and indeed a closeness to contemporary painting always seemed essential for him. Still, Medardo Rosso was a maverick amidst the salon art of the end of the 19th century, formally to be situated somewhere between the naturalistic sculpture of Honoré Daumier and the not yet mature, radically abstract densification of Constantin Brancusi. Rosso produced a relatively small oeuvre of about 40 sculptures, multiplied by varients, often to be seen as independent works, which he made in wax, bronze and sometimes in plaster. Characteristic for his bronzes was the technical traces of the casting being left visible. Wit his exceptionally fine working of the face, the artist defined a principle viewpoint for the sculpture, excluding an arbitrary one.

    In 1918 Guillaume Apollinaire called Rosso, who had been working in Paris since 1989, the most important living sculptor of his day, because he, like no other, attained this level of abstraction, this freedom in the form.
  • ProvenanceKünstler
    1904 - 1922, Museum Folkwang, Hagen
    1922, Kauf, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,621
  • Obj_Internet_S: Highlight
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 188
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Skulpturensammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Bambino al sole
  • Obj_Title2_S: Child in the Sun
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Bambino al sole Child in the Sun Bambino al sole Kind in der Sonne
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1892
  • Jahr von: 1,892
  • Jahr bis: 1,892
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: P 66
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: P 0066
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Sculpture
  • Obj_Crate_S: 35,5 x 27 x 25,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Bronze
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Bronze
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1904 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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With its fleeting, momentary appearance, created from a movement filled with light, ›Bambino al sole‹ is a work typical of Medardo Rosso – not a static sculpture, but a plastic reproduction of an impression he experienced. Rosso is often called an Impressionist sculptor and indeed a closeness to contemporary painting always seemed essential for him. Still, Medardo Rosso was a maverick amidst the salon art of the end of the 19th century, formally to be situated somewhere between the naturalistic sculpture of Honoré Daumier and the not yet mature, radically abstract densification of Constantin Brancusi. Rosso produced a relatively small oeuvre of about 40 sculptures, multiplied by varients, often to be seen as independent works, which he made in wax, bronze and sometimes in plaster. Characteristic for his bronzes was the technical traces of the casting being left visible. Wit his exceptionally fine working of the face, the artist defined a principle viewpoint for the sculpture, excluding an arbitrary one.

In 1918 Guillaume Apollinaire called Rosso, who had been working in Paris since 1989, the most important living sculptor of his day, because he, like no other, attained this level of abstraction, this freedom in the form.