Sick Boy

Medardo Rosso (Italian, 1858 - 1928)

1893. Oil on canvas, 9 3/8". 1991.001.059

Medardo Rosso may have had no direct knowledge of the French Impressionists, but he shared their interest in capturing the fleeting effects of light, color, and atmosphere. In 1883, he invented a novel method of modeling wax over a plaster core to explore the softly reflective surface of the wax. He discovered he could give the malleable surfaces of wax a texture that resembles the broken brushstrokes of the Impressionists. Here, Rosso has captured a transitory moment of light on a boy’s head.

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