Essay

It is necessary to stress that art always has been the part of human life. People need to produce pictures, drawings and sculptures in order to demonstrate how they precept the world around them. They also need the works of art for inspiration and relaxation. The sculptures under consideration are worth attention as they appeal to human soul and imagination; they help to relax and admire art. They are Adam (by Antoine Bourdelle) and Five Seated Figures (by Juan Munozis). Although these sculptures were made in different time periods, it is possible to find some common features in them. The first one – Adam – was created in 1888-1889 and the second one – in 1996. Both the sculptures depict people. Adam is exhibited in Cullen Sculpture Garden and Five Seated Figures can be found in the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The first distinction between the two sculptures is their genre. Adam has much in common with classicism when it was fashionable to produce the figures of gods and biblical characters. He is naked and looks troubled. Perhaps, the author depicted the character’s state after leaving the Garden of Eden. If there is only one person depicted by Antoine Bourdelle, there are five of them in Juan Munozis’s sculpture. People there are men in suits.

They seem to be preoccupied with some important conversation. All of them are very serious, as well as Adam. However, one of the men looks is looking into the mirror. This element makes the sculpture more interesting and attractive. It is difficult to understand what the purpose of this action is. Perhaps, the man is looking at the viewer of the sculpture through the mirror with the intention to say something or announce the purpose of the meeting with other four men.

Both the sculptures under consideration give the viewers an opportunity to decide themselves what they see. It is not understandable, what the purpose of Antoine Bourdelle’s Adam is. It is just the suggestion that the author depicted the life after the Eden. However, every person may have his/her own point of view on looking at this work of art. While discussing the second sculpture – Five Seated Figures, one even does not know who these people are. All of them seem to behave in different ways. Two men are discussing something. Two other men are silent and seem to be embarrassed by something. Perhaps, it is connected with the discussion somehow. The fifth person seems to have no connection with the discussion.

It is necessary to stress that both the sculptures are full of seriousness. They must demonstrate some serious events in the lives of the characters. Unfortunately, the viewers may only guess what they are. However, this fact proves that these sculptures are true works of art. They make the viewers think over the things they see and draw certain conclusions. The works that do not motivate people do so, are worthless.

It is necessary to stress that Adam by Antoine Bourdelle depicts the person famous all over the world. Everyone is familiar with the story about Adam and Eve who were loved by God and then punished for their misconduct. In the majority of cases, Adam is depicted together with Eve. However, the sculpture under consideration is the exclusion from this rule. It is unclear where his beloved is and it is unclear what episode of Adam’s life is depicted by the author. The situation is even more difficult Juan Munozis’s Five Seated Figures. Here the viewers know nothing about the personalities of the characters. The title of the work gives no information about the people made by the sculptor.

To conclude, it is necessary to stress that both the sculptures under consideration (Juan Munozis’s Five Seated Figures and Antoine Bourdelle’s Adam) depict people. The message of both the sculptures is unclear. This makes the works attractive and a bit mysterious. Five Seated Figures are closer to the contemporary life; however, this does not help to explain its meaning. However, this does not minimize the value of the sculptures. They give an opportunity to enjoy art and develop one’s imagination.

Works Cited

http://archive.thedailycougar.com/vol68/99/arts/arts1.html

www.camh.org

www.mfah.org

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