beeswax over plasterwax over plaser
8 w × 6 d × 10 h in (20 × 15 × 25 cm)
Medardo Rosso, a contemporary of Rodin, created this portrait of a sick boy using modeling wax over plaster. Normally relegated for use in the casting process, Rosso uses the beeswax as the final surface. The effect creates a luminosity and atmosphere to the form, subtly softening and increasing the melancholy of the subject. Incised signature 'M. Rosso' with color.
provenance: Forum Gallery, New York