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Moment's MonumentMedardo Rosso and the International Origins of Modern Sculpture$
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Sharon Hecker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294486

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294486.001.0001

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The Artist’s Experience of Migration

The Artist’s Experience of Migration

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Moment's Monument

Sharon Hecker

University of California Press

This chapter looks at the shift in Medardo Rosso's position from an outsider in his own country to a foreigner in France. Rosso's move to Paris belongs to the wider phenomenon of increased migration by artists to the principal metropolis of modern art toward the end of the century. It also confirms his awareness of a new kind of transnational mobility. Tracing Rosso's trajectory as a form of self-exile characteristic of cultural anarchists, the chapter examines his hopeful but obstacle-ridden expatriation and his struggle to make avant-garde sculpture in the epoch and city dominated by Rodin. Paris at the end of the nineteenth-century offered Rosso new opportunities, such as a vibrant art scene, a burgeoning market for serial sculpture, and a network of sophisticated artists, collectors, and critics.

Keywords:   Medardo Rosso, Paris, migration, modern art, transnational mobility, cultural anarchists, avant-garde sculpture, sophisticated artists

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