Dr alexandra gerstein discusses the work of auguste rodin and his long term passion for capturing expressive movement in drawings and small scale sculptures. This is the first major exhibition to explore rodins fascination with dance and bodies in extreme acrobatic poses it will explore a series of experimental sculptures known as the dance movements made in 1911 offering a rare glimpse into rodins unique working practices. Exhibition rodin and dance the essence of movement he traced over his rapid sketches of hanako and alda moreno simplifying them into almost abstract outlines a 1905 cut out of moreno described as nude doing a handstand resembles one of matisses paper drawings with scissors long before matisse resorted to cut outs in his old age. The courtauld gallery provides a sensational stage for auguste rodin as a master of movement rodin and dance the essence of movement showcases a collection of exquisite drawings as well as terracotta sculptures which were never seen by the public when they were created and have had little exposure since then. Rodin dance the essence of movement is the first serious study of rodins late sculptural series known as the dance movements exploring the artists fascination with dance and bodies in extreme acrobatic poses the exhibition and accompanying catalogue give an account of rodins passion for
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