From Rodin to Giacometti

Sculpture and Literature in France 1880-1950


This book is a collection of papers delivered at an international conference in September 1996 at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art during a major Giacometti retrospective. The contributors are leading curators, art historians and literature specialists. While the relationship between nineteenth- and twentieth-century painters and writers has been the subject of intense interest in recent years, the parallel relationship between sculptors and writers has been largely neglected. These essays seek to redress the balance by looking at a variety of ways in which the conventional barriers between writing and sculpting were broken down by such pioneering figures as Rodin, Degas, Bourdelle, Valéry, Apollinaire, Reverdy, Breton, Bataille, Arp, Picasso and Giacometti. Among the topics discussed are: the many personal and professional contacts, dual artistic talent, 'Ecrits d'artistes', ekphrasis, sculpture as object, the sculptorly representation of the poet, the poetic representation of the sculptor, sculpture as metaphor, proprioception and mental images. Fully illustrated throughout, this book offers new perspectives on familiar masterpieces like Rodin's Gates of Hell, but also opens up less well known subjects like Valéry's sculpture and Breton's Object-Poems. Above all it makes a provocative and original contribution to Word and Image studies.


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Table of contents

Introduction: 1. Peter SHARRATT: Introduction: Ut Sculptura Poesis. 2. Michael BISHOP: Rodin in the Poetics of his Time. 3. Anne PINGEOT: Sculpture and Literature in Nineteenth-Century France. 4. Penelope CURTIS: Sculpting in Patois: Emile-Antoine Bourdelle and the language of regionalism. 5. Richard KENDALL: Edgar Degas, Poet: Paul Valéry, Sculptor. 6. Peter READ: Et moi aussi je suis sculpteur: movement, immobility and time in the fictional sculptures of Apollinaire. 7. Isabelle MONOD-FONTAINE: Pierre Reverdy and Henri Laurens: La guitare endormie2.8. Eric ROBERTSON: Sculpting in air, writing in stone: Hans Jean Arp. 9. Serge FAUCHEREAU: Writers and sculpture in Paris between the wars. 10. Keith ASPLEY: André Breton: The Crisis of the Object and the Object-Poem. 11. Roger CARDINAL: Approximating Giacometti: Notes on Jacques Dupin's Textes pour une approche. 12. Mary DRACH MCINNES: Alberto Giacometti: le féticheur. 13. Elizabeth COWLING: Metaphor in Picasso's Sculpture. 14. Graham DUNSTAN MARTIN: Proprioception, Mental Imagery and Sculpture.