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19th Century European Sculptures

In the 19th century, western sculpture evolved from an academic style rooted in conservative and classical ideals to what we today recognize as the foundations of Modernism. Mythical and historical subjects, long considered the epitome of high art by most artistic institutions of the day, began to give way to realistic depictions of contemporary figures.

At the same time, the middle class, enriched by the industrial revolution, began to commission more and more pieces, seeking to take on the prestige associated with the conservative style. Sculpture remained relatively cost-prohibitive to create during this period. Large works needed to be commissioned, a process that could compromise an artist’s ability to realize his original vision.

Auguste Rodin was famously awarded the... Read more

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