Modern and Contemporary Art /01 June 2003


Medardo Rosso (1858-1928)

Bambino Malato
Italy, 1889
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

estimate: $90,000–120,000

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