The Cleveland Museum of Art acquires original plaster model of Why Born Enslaved! and other new acquisitions
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Friday, July 19, 2024


The Cleveland Museum of Art acquires original plaster model of Why Born Enslaved! and other new acquisitions
Balaam and the Ass, 1583. Hans Bol (Netherlandish, 1534-1593). Opaque watercolor or tempera and gold on parchment laid down on panel; signed and dated in gold: HBol 1583; sheet: 13.7 x 19.6 cm (5-3/8 x 7-11/16 in.).



CLEVELAND, OH.- Recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include a masterpiece by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, the foremost French sculptor of the Second Empire (1852-1870); a landscape drawing by Netherlandish artist Hans Bol; and a Taihu stone presented to the museum by contemporary Chinese artist Liu Dan.

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s Why Born Enslaved!
The CMA acquires the original plaster model of celebrated 19th-century sculpture


Why Born Enslaved! is one of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s most iconic, signature works. It depicts a bound African woman looking defiantly upward. The sculpture’s original, polychromed surface is covered with complex, nuanced hatchings and subtle modeling that enhance the expressive power of the figure. While there are other versions of the sculpture in museum collections in the United States and Europe, scrapings and marks on the surface of the plaster indicate the work the CMA has acquired is the master model from which the other versions were produced.

The figure in Why Born Enslaved! is depicted in a series of explosive forms and dramatic silhouettes. Her expression, movement and surface seem to palpitate with life. Although slavery had been abolished in France since 1848, it remained a contested issue in Carpeaux’s lifetime as France was expanding its colonies into north Africa where the practice continued. The American Civil War provided fresh inspiration to abolitionists. The vigor of the figure’s twisting form and the intensity of her gaze underscore the gravity of the subject and the intensity of abolitionist sentiment of the period.

Why Born Enslaved! will have enormous impact on the CMA’s collection due to its powerful aesthetic qualities, its formidable stance on one of the most pressing social and political issues of the 19th century and the relevance of its subject today. There is only one other known version with a similar polychromed surface, a half size reduction at the Brooklyn Museum.




Why Born Enslaved! will allow the CMA to host complex conversations through artworks that provoke painful histories and challenge conventional historical narratives. When the sculpture goes on view later this spring, it will feature an interpretive framework that considers the unnamed sitter, what she represented when the bust was created and her relevance now. By highlighting her place in a global lineage of colonial images of Black women, as well as in the contemporary scholarship and museum practice that seeks to name or otherwise identify sitters like her, the model’s status as both living person and allegorical figure will allow viewers to reckon with the power imbalances that existed even in the creation of abolitionist art.

Hans Bol’s Balaam and the Ass
Acquisition expands the CMA’s collection of works by important 16th-century Netherlandish artists


Balaam and the Ass by Hans Bol was executed in opaque watercolor and gold on parchment mounted onto a thin wood panel. This work was part of a series of biblical stories featuring expansive landscapes and cityscapes, likely set within case furniture or even wainscotting in a Dutch home. Balaam’s story, from the biblical Book of Numbers (22:22-28), is represented in the foreground against a rural setting and hillside city beyond. Throughout the composition, Bol painted vignettes alluding to contemporary rural life, stressing travel, husbandry and the transport of goods, in which all roads lead to the marketplace of the city. The artist’s realistic views of Netherlandish cities, based on direct observation, were a hallmark of his innovative style and appealed to his urban patrons.

Balaam and the Ass is a significant addition to the museum’s collection of Northern Renaissance drawings. It will be featured in the upcoming exhibition and catalogue Tales of the City: Drawing in the Netherlands from Bosch to Bruegel (opens October 9, 2022) along with several of Bol’s works from the collection of the Albertina Museum, Vienna, which together reveal him to have been one of the most innovative masters of the era.

Taihu Stone
Gift from Liu Dan marks unique addition to the CMA’s acclaimed Chinese art collection and highlights China’s garden culture


Taihu Stone, Large Perforated Garden Rock is a gift from Liu Dan, the most prominent and celebrated painter of rocks in contemporary China. Taihu stones are particularly valued for their natural shapes and sculptural qualities and are a cultural peculiarity without equivalents in Japan or Korea. Such perforated limestones were originally sourced from Lake Tai in southeast China from where their name originated. Similar to other landscape elements, the stones are considered spirited beings in China. Such stones were collected and set up in gardens; smaller examples were placed on scholars’ desks where they evoked miniature mountains.

The Taihu Stone will be installed in the museum’s Ames Family Atrium beside its bamboo grove later this year. It will also be exhibited in the CMA’s upcoming special exhibition, China’s Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta, opening in 2023.










Today's News

April 19, 2022

Rushing against war, and time, Ukraine makes it to the Biennale

For the first time, the Museo del Prado is linking painting to the sense of smell

Slotin Folk Art Auction announces upcoming Spring Self-Taught Art Masterpiece Sale, April 23-24

MoMA opens 'Our Selves: Photographs by Women Artists from Helen Kornblum'

Heritage Auctions' May 10 American art event offers a love letter to the works that defined this country

Early 20th century bronze and contemporary furniture highlight Roland Auctions NY Multiple-Estates Spring Auction

Thaddaeus Ropac presents 'Robert Rauschenberg: Japanese Clayworks'

Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy transforms the Legion of Honor

On April 30, sports cards & memorabilia, toy cars and trains go up for bid at Turner Auctions + Appraisals

Tate Modern, National Gallery of Victoria, and Pinault Collection acquire works from Souls Grown Deep's Collection

New edition of The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn available on April 19, with an all-new reader's guide

Beatles' 1966 Shea Stadium concert poster sells for $275,000 at Heritage Auctions to shatter auction record

The Cleveland Museum of Art acquires original plaster model of Why Born Enslaved! and other new acquisitions

kaufmann repetto opens an exhibition of works by Andrea Bowers

'Café Royal Books, Documentary, Zines, and Subversion' at Martin Parr Foundation

Three BMWs that box above their weight at the H&H sale at the Pavilion Gardens Buxton

Daylight Books publishes 'Dining Alone: In the Company of Solitude' by Nancy A. Scherl

Harrison Birtwistle, fiercely modernist composer, dies at 87

Joint exhibition of works by Jim Shaw and Marnie Weber opens at Squero Castello in Venice

NYU's landmark art collection on view at Grey Art Gallery

Finalists for the Sondheim Art Prize announced

'The Minutes,' an official history of American horror

DJ Kay Slay, fiery radio star and rap mixtape innovator, dies at 55

Kathryn Hays, soap star for nearly 40 years, dies at 87

Analysis and Reviews about Custom Software Development Company India

Renovations on the Rise

Tips on How to Prepare for a Splendid Date with an Escort




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Attorneys
Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful