Some works of art are so powerful they can render you speechless and trying to describe it to someone is almost impossible. new words need to be invented TO TRY AND EXPRESS. I MADE TWO VISITS TO the national gallery of art TO observe and study this masterwork by jean-baptiste carpeaux. MAKING A SCULPTURE IS A ONE-TIME ACTION, THERE IS NO GOING BACK TO MAKE A CORRECTION.
The facial expression of this piece is incredible as the child listens to the ocean within the conch shell. The anatomy and details throughout is mesmerizing. In many pieces by so many artists of such excellence, It appears that they were never satisfied until they were able to surprise themselves in their ability to provide such details.
michelangelo: “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it”.