Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Madame Grès and Antoine Bourdelle, a Conversation Between Sculptors
Meanwhile, I've put together a brief introduction to the Madame Grès exposition we saw a week or so ago at the Musée Bourdelle. Before taking you inside to peek at some of Grès's wonderful creations I thought you'd enjoy peering in through the gate. We certainly did as we approached -- the street, just a few blocks below the Montparnasse station, is otherwise unremarkably residential, punctuated by a restaurant, cafe, a shop or two. And then just beyond the metal bars is a stunning courtyard filled with monumental sculptures and wrapped by a striking building.
Just look at the clean simplicity, ease, and fluid elegance of this lovely nude.
Musée Zadkine. In both museums, travellers who are wearying a bit of Paris's pace can slow down, breathe deeply, enjoy a quiet garden while walking through buildings of a more human scale than, say, the Orsay or the Louvre.
Although the Great Hall of the Musée Bourdelle is not a good example of that scale! Here stands one dear human contemplating Bourdelle's heroic sculptures.
Tony Cragg are presented in dialogue with more classical works in the Cour Marly and Cour Puget. Very effective.
Aside from such musing, though, I couldn't help be reminded of this scene when I spotted the Grès muslin above.