Getty Buys a Medardo Rosso, Moves an Ensor
|Medardo Rosso, Birichino, 1887-88|
Turin-born Rosso moved to Paris in 1889, becoming friends with Rodin. Nearly a generation younger, Rosso pioneered rough, abstract, and fragmentary forms. Rodin conceded Rosso's influence, though the two sculptors fell out after Rosso felt Rodin hadn't given him enough credit in a newspaper interview. Rosso's reputation faded until a 1963 Museum of Modern Art retrospective.
Birichino (Italian for "Little Rascal") is being shown in a reinstalled sculpture room (W103) alongside works by Rodin and his circle, including Camille Claudel. Newly on view are works Rodin created while working in the studio of Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, including two examples of the Saigon Vase.
|Installation view of room W103|
On the second floor, the Ensor's former gallery (W205) has also been reinstalled. Giovanni Segantini's Spring in the Alps now anchors a room of mostly non-French works, including Munch's Starry Night and Hammershøi's Interior with an Easel.