Model №14


An expressive contrapposto – one of the best strategies for rendering the complex balance between dynamic and static elements in a sculpture – is here combined with a certain stateliness of carriage. The shoulders slightly drawn back, the freely-hanging hands and a forward incline of the torso create the impression of demonstrative nakedness. The head is sharply turned so that the axes of the model’s look and figure are differently directed, which ensures a calmer emotional response to the image – the viewer engages with it gradually, eyeing one section at a time. The figure’s posture itself is likewise free of definitive austerity: a freely running vertical axis marks the statue as a pseudo-contrapposto, a technique very popular with artists during the late Classical and Hellenistic periods. The pulsating moulding of the texture conveys the warmth of a human body and the movement of light and air, making the sculpture resemble a human being. The model’s pensive face, without a trace of intense emotions, somewhat slows down the unfolding of the everyday theme and equally protects the composition from excessive hedonism and alien mythological connotations. Focused on forms alone and eschewing emblematic accessories, the artist succeeds in making the figure both democratic and modern.

 

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MODEL is a male or female sitter, a person posing for an artist when the artist works on a piece (sculpture, painting, etc.). The types of artwork featuring models run the whole gamut from learning exercises, pieces made for educational purposes and drafts in preparation of a major work to finished pieces, and independent works.