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BOURDELLE, Émile-Antoine

Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne 1861 - Le Vésinet, Yvelines 1929

Adam

Adam

1889

bronze

statue

Dimensions (HxWxD): 93 x 44 x 42 in.

Acc. No.: 84.83

Credit Line: The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. Museum purchase with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Arnold, Jr.

Photo credit: MFA, Houston, 2013

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Provenance

  • 1984, Museum purchase with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Arnold, Jr.

Bibliography

  • 1996 [Houston, Cullen]
    The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, 1996, p. 24-25, repr.

Comment

  • MFA Houston's website, accessed October 28, 2013:
    (...) Some of the most radical departures in twentieth-century Modernism occurred in sculpture as artists embraced new materials and abstract structures. However, important changes were first introduced in the classic subject of the human figure and the time-honored medium of bronze. By 1900 Auguste Rodin, the most celebrated sculptor of his time, had realized the power of fragmented form, and works such as The Walking Man offer a brilliant introduction to the changes in art and aesthetics at this turning point in history. Émile-Antoine Bourdelle, whose early career was largely shaped by Rodin's example, created his Adam as the embodiment of the fall of man, eloquently expressing tragedy through the simple and vivid lines of the figure. (...)