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The challenges in Northern Ireland were represented by the Irish sculptor Maurice Harron, through his 'Hands accross the divide' metal sculpture made in 1991. Maurice Harron studied sculpture at the Ulster College of Art and Design in Belfast.
Two men, each belonging to opposing groups, standing on top of a wall, still searching to live in peace and harmony. And what seems a huge pit between them.
The monument is located in Derry (LondonDerry), on Carlisle Square. The sculptor Maurice Harron is from there as well. Done in 1991, it was unveiled the following year, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 'Bloody Sunday' during which 13 persons were killed by the British Army during a civil rights demonstration.
This lonesome cowboy, a geant nude male sculpture of Murakami was certainly a surprise in the Tokyo art gallery where it was displayed, and certainly attracted most of the attention.
Created in 1998, it represents a young man and his sperm in a lasso shape around his body, in a style that we would compare to manga cartoons and pop culture, or also what is now called in Japan as the Otaku culture.
It was made in resin, with oil and acrylic paints, and measures 3 meters high. In addition to Japan, it was also exhibited in London and Los Angeles.
Murakami does not expressively shows gay scenes in his work, but sometimes he creates a homoerotic theme. Like this 'CowBoy' proud to show his sperm or masturbation act. A critic mentioned that it was possibly to show the macho spirit in America, the masculinity, the bond among men.
Takashi Murakami is born in Tokyo in 1962. Wanted to create cartoons. Had a father taxi driver. He succeeded to enter at the Arts University. He founded his own workshop at age 33. Then worked for Louis Vuitton in 2004, creating new colored designs with the famous logo. Had a famous although controversed exhibition in Versailles Palais des Glaces in 2010.
Below are two links for short videos about Murakami. The first one is about the Otaku culture, the next one is at the Brooklyn Museum.of Art, where the 2nd retrospective about the artist took place, after the one in Los Angeles
Mowgli and the Jungle Book characters sculptures are well spread in the world, showing the extent of Rudyard Kipling's values transmission and interest. They can be seen in Australia, Belgium, France, Holland, UK, USA, Korea, Ukraine, Russia, ... They are made of clay, bronze, stone, copper, lead, sand, wood, and even ice.
Rudyard Kipling's books (The Jungle book / Mowgli, Kim, ...) greatly influenced Lord Baden Powell to create the boy scouts movement in 1907, who integrated these stories with Kipling's agreement, in order to build his education themes for the youth of that time, and still today. Such as outdoor living, team play, qualities or virtues of each animal to be acquired, like leadership, courage, strength, wisdom, tenacity, brotherhood, etc.
So here are a few examples. First from Max Le Verrier, famous French sculptor known for his art deco sculptures, who made this Mowgli in 1925.
A few years later, Raymond Delamarre also a French sculptor, who read the Jungle Book as a child and loved this book his whole life, created a large bas-relief for the dining room of Jacques Dembiermont villa, in Brittany, around the Mowgli theme. Delamarre did several sketches, looking at the live animals in the Paris 'Jardin des Plantes'.
This bas-relief impressed many architects, so Delamarre agreed to create a few more for the purpose of large decoration projects in the following years. He also made this sculpture.
Other bas-reliefs (13 actually) are also visible at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, New York, made around 1935, by several American sculptors (William Hunt Diederich, Joseph Walter, Frederik G R Roth).
Photo (and next four ones) from Ketrin
Here a few other Mowgli sculptures.
Wood sculpture - Russia
Below are three sculptures or bas-relief from John Lockwood Kipling, the father of Rudyard Kipling, the first one showing Mowgli on a cliff before jumping in water to escape wasps.
Detail of clay bas-relief by John Lockwood Kipling
Other sculptures from Mowgli.
Made in bronze
This one is located in Ukraine, at the Nikolaev zoo, and was sculpted in 1978 by Inna Makushina.
Photo dag com ua
This is a Mowgli sculpture made with ice, during the winter 2009-2010 in front of the designer outlet in Roermand, Holland.
Photo Noud Franssen
And here is a memorial plaque in lead, modelled by Benno Elkan, located on the Kipling Building in Windsor, UK.
A passionate reader of this blog suggested to include Malvina Hoffman in the sculptors mentioned here, with a focus on her Nuer Man, the African warrior standing nude on one leg.
'The Nuer Man'
Indeed, her talent and achievements are impressive : she sculpted more than 100 life-sized mainly male sculptures based on real models, to illustrate the diverse groups of cultures around the world. Our dear reader, based in Chicago, was lucky to meet himself some of these Nuer tribesmen when he spent some time in Western Ethiopia and South Sudan.
As he says, "Hoffmann's sculptures were largely 'hidden away' for years because their realism was considered an 'embarassment' ... even though her sculptures were amazingly accurate. She took meticulous measurements of every part of her subjects: nose, arms, penis, everything. Even the Nuer Man was pulled from the floor of the Art Institute of Chicago for a while; but they created a new space where they now display a number of works by her, including this piece".
Malvina Hoffman (1885-1966), born in New York, was from an artist background (her father was an excellent pianist) and he encouraged her to sculpt. So did the famous sculptor of Mt Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum, seeing a bust that she had sculpted. When her father died, she moved to Italy then Paris as she wanted to continue to study art, and she wanted to do it with Rodin!
And she succeeded (after many attemps to meet him!). She studied with him from 1910 to 1914. Rodin was reportedly impressed by both her persistency, and the quality of two busts she did (the one of her father, and another bust she had made of a young violin soloist named Samuel Grimson, who would later become her husband.
Malvina Hoffman in her studio
"Rodin’s essence of teaching as per her statement is “Do not be afraid of realism”. He later convinced her to return to Manhattan to spend a year dissecting bodies at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The education she received there was invaluable, honing her remarkable skill of rendering anatomical features that was evidenced highly when she embarked on her ambitious project to sculpt the anthropological series."
"Stanley Field, director of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, commissioned Hoffman to create sculptures of people representing members of the diverse groups of cultures around the world that became a permanent exhibition at the museum entitled "Hall of the Races of Mankind". She started this project in 1930. She was very skilled at expressing the beauty of her subjects during their daily activities.
The museum also published a Map of Mankind, featuring her sculptures in a border surrounding a map of the world that was distributed widely with an informative, large-format booklet that made Hoffman's sculptures very well known."
Photograph of the Nuer Man who posed for Malvina Hoffman
In 2016, fifty recently conserved sculptures from the Mankind collection were on display at the museum in an exhibition called, "Looking at Ourselves: Rethinking the Sculptures of Malvina Hoffman.
These two naked men, located in a prominent cemetery in Paris, and sculpted in stone, are a mystery. They were created by Auguste Maillard, famous French sculptor who died in 1944, but we could not find any information about it (except that it was given after his death), unlike others sculptures from him, well documented.
We initially discovered the existence of this sculpture, years ago and not knowing where it was, through the French photographer Paul Marguerite. Then, only knowing the town (which has two cemeteries), looking at the other pictures we determined which of the two it was, and went a few days ago, where we could take the pictures of this post.
Auguste Maillard was born in 1864, he studied sculpture with Alexandre Falguière, at the Paris Fine Arts school. Numerous busts and monuments from him are disseminated in France. In public places, cemeteries. He died accidentally during the 'Libération' or end of the last war, in August 1944, having received a lost bullet in front of his house, in Neuilly.
During the World Exhibition held in Paris in 1900, he received an award for his 'Icarus fall' marble sculpture, which unfortunately disappeared mysteriously during a transfer for being 'renovated', in 2005.
Auguste Maillard 'Icarus Fall' postcard - Collection Delcampe
The Groningen-based Galerie Mooiman, specialized in male art, and already mentioned in this blog (see here), just released his Daily Male 2019 calendar filled with artworks from 52 artists, and this time with 7 sculptors among them. All these artists concentrate their work on the male (nude) beauty and body. I am honored to be part of this group.
This Dutch art gallery is among the very few in Europe specializing in gay artists, editing books about some of these artists, organizing unique exhibitions (like the current one about the Diego Tolomelli stained-glass & playing cards project), and promoting gay male art in general.
Here are some works of 6 of these sculptors : Ivo Blanck, Dennis Coenraad, Antoine Timmermans, OK van Botenburg, Marcel Julius Joosen and Keith King.
The Petit Sablon square in Brussels, charming public park created by the architect Henri Beyaert around 1880, is circled by 48 bronze statues illustrating the various 'corporations' or 'professions' of Brussels at that era. Each has his own distinct piedestal, and a delicate iron gate is joining all of them.
The painter - Photo Alain Michot
Inside the park, in addition to a basin with waterfall, you can admire larger statues of key Dutch Renaissance characters such as Mercator, surrounding the Egmont and Hornes counts. All these were sculpted by the most famous Belgian sculptors of the 19 century, like Jef Lambeaux, and was inaugurated by the same mayor we talked in the last post, Charles Buls.
Mercator, Dutch geograph - Photo Magie des Jardins
The knife maker
The Counts of Egmont and Hornes
Part of the 220 meters intricate grids and iron gates.
Today you will discover another selection of some male sculptures seen in Brussels these days, either outside in parks, botanical garden, streets and places, or inside the Royal Palace.
First, the Botanical Gardens, where 52 sculptures were commissioned when it was created in 1826. Two majors sculptors, Constantin Meunier and Charles van der Stappen, leaded the overall design, with the help of numerous Belgian sculptors, around the theme of vegetals, but also animals, and working people. Here is the 'Laurier' (Laurel) made by Julien Dillens.
On the square 'Vergote' where several Art Deco houses are present, there is this monument sculpted by Charles Samuel, called the 'Monument au Génie', in memory of the last wars (1914-1918 and 1940-1945).
The "Palais des Académies" which today is the Royal Academy of Sciences, helds several sculptures around his classical building, which at the beginning used to be the house of the Prince of Orange, a few years before the creation of the Belgian nation.
The next door Royal Palace has a beautiful, although anonymous, marble sculpture of a Bacchus in the main entrance hall.
In the Cinquantenaire park, where the Art & History Museum is located, there is the 'Pavillion Horta' built specifically to protect the extremely large and imposing 'bas-relief' sculpture made by Jeff Lambeaux, called 'The Human Passions'.
Another Art Nouveau 'bas-relief' is visible on the Town Hall, offered in 1899 by a group of artists to thank Charles Buls, Brussels mayor (Bourgmestre) during almost 20 years, from 1881 to 1899, who actively supported the arts in Brussels and ensured many historical places were kept and maintained. Designed by the architect Victor Horta, and the sculptor Victor Rousseau, it represents a nude young man holding an oil lamp, you can see also other interesting details.
Brussels, and Belgium, was and still is home of plenty artists, since centuries. Here is a first selection of male sculptures you can see in parks, museums, cemeteries, not covered previously in this blog like, for example, those from George Minne, or Guillaume Geefs.
Charles Van der Stappen (1843-1910), famous Belgian sculptor, is the author of this Young man with sword (Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels). He also achieved his version of David, below.
Roger Vene sculpted this 'Thinker' located in the Ixelles cemetery, near the main entrance.
In the same cemetery, another male sculpture, from Eugène de Bremaecker (1879-1963).
In the Palais des Nations, where the 'Parlement Fédéral' is located, there is a sculpture I like, discreetly visible between two corridors, made by Paul Du Bois (the Belgian sculptor, as there is a French one with similar name), and representing the young Prince Leopold.
Facing Stokholm, the island of Lidingo holds the studio, house and garden of Carl Milles (1875-1955), Swedish sculptor. His naked and playful youth in fountains caused controversy in America. His work includes mythological figures, angels, young men, Swedish history characters as well.
He loved to place his sculptures high in the air, on top of columns, or with discreet metal bars, so they look floating or flying in the air. Some of his sculptures are located in various places in Stockholm, although most are in Millesgarden, or in USA.
Millesgarden, name given today to the plot of land that Carl Milles purchased in 1906, is a beautiful setting, which took several decades to be achieved, between the house, the studio, the loggia, the various fountains, terraces, and gardens. It can remind Italy's Mediterranean coast.
One of these fountains is the Aganippe fountain (1955), filled with muses (Carl Milles replaced them by young men) symbolizing arts and sciences: sculpture with a mini-Pegasus statue, painting with flowers, and music with a saxophone.
Carl Milles liked to place architectural elements in his garden, and he often acquired or gathered columns, marble archs, from demolished palaces, or hotels, etc. to place them at the entrance of stairs between 2 levels of terraces, or to support a sculpture.
One example of this is the 'Wings' sculpture (1908), (actually I would call it Ganymède, the myth that inspired the sculptor, with Zeus disguised as an eagle abducting the beautiful young man) which is located on top of a column that originates from the King Gustav III Opera House, demolished in 1891. A copy of that sculpture is also visible on a Stockholm bridge.
The lower terrace, overlooking the water, is a really large space, displaying superb sculptures, and initially planned to contain a swimming pool, meeting places, ice and skate rinks, waterfall etc. But these elements were not achieved, except the waterfall.
He sculpted many angels, like the Angel Musicians, and the Ice skating angels.
Another example of sculpture high on a column is the man and Pegasus (1949). The flying horse with the child of Poseidon.
Talking about Poseidon, Milles sculpted this one, 7 meters high, standing naked (1930), holding a fish, and a shell. His hat is a shell, and his hait is composed of mussels. His face is quite unique.
Another naked sculpture, the astronomer, looking towards the sky. His hands hold a compass (tool of the sculptor) and a sphere (actually a dodecahedron, a 12-sided volume, tool linked to space). This aims to illustrate the interest of Carl Milles for the life and human condition, as he started to study astronomy very young with his father, then purchased a telescope. His house contains also a tower used as an observatory.
Here is another example of sculpture, located high in the sky, on top of a column : the hand of God (1940).
Carl Milles went to Paris when he was 22, studied the Fine Arts there and met Rodin. In 1903, then aged 48, he travelled to Holland, and to Belgium where he met the sculptor Constantin Meunier, who, at his surprise, had similar sculpting preferences.