Torso


The composition is a peculiar torso image at variance with the rigid rules of the genre because it has legs, so it is nearly a full figure. However, with regard to imagery, the sculpture is in harmony with the goal typical for this sort of artwork – to convey an impersonal physical effort which expresses certain stirrings of the soul. The abstract character of the shapes only adds to the trove of polysemic allegories that are called up by the intricate composition and the rich rhythms of the forms. What remains beyond doubt is that the great exertion of will is the source of the emotional charge that nourishes the form with energy from within. The naked male torso with legs flexed and pulled up is full of overt dynamism. The densely modelled volumes, the differently directed explosive rhythms, and the exertion of the muscles which seems to be countering this centrifugal motion, produce a heroic image. The rich red and brown sheen adds emotional intensity and combative fervour while the spiral-like rhythms define the complex internally-conditioned character of the physical movement. The nature of this assertive dynamism is left unspecified, but engaging with such forms of artwork as the torso the sculpture creates allusions to antique sculpture, and such references by default ennoble the theme of dramatic confrontation.

 

 

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TORSO, in the fine art, is the sculptural image of a man`s body usually without extremities. Antique sculptural torsos are the remained parts of statues. From the second part of the XIX century, torsos became an independent subject of the symbolically loaded works of art.