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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Medardo Rosso: Pioneer of Modern Sculpture

Medardo Rosso, Talk in the Garden, 1896–1897.

Oct 18, 2023 – Jan 7, 2024
Paseo de Recoletos, 23, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Medardo Rosso settled in Paris in 1889 and took up with the city’s greats— Amedeo Modigliani, Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin. He created visionary sculptures in a Post-Impressionist style, studying the transient and ephemeral effects of light. Though he established a close friendship with Rodin, Rosso spent most of his career in his shadow. When Rodin died in 1917, the playwright Guillaume Apollinaire wrote, “Rosso is now, without a doubt, the greatest living sculptor.” Despite Apollinaire’s praise, Rosso was not widely known when he died in 1928, at age 70. This large-scale retrospective gives an overlooked artist his due. —Elena Clavarino

Photo: © Galleria Nazionale d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma