The Classical Greek And Roman Statues Essay

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When it comes to expressing human emotions art is an excellent vehicle to convey them, whether they are simple ones like anger or happiness to more abstract ideas such as existentialism, being connected to something larger than oneself or isolation. This work could also be about the artist mindset at the time he made this. Simply named Despair, 1890, by Auguste Rodin, (13 3/4 x 23 x 17 1/4 in. (34.9 x 58.4 x 43.8 cm)) shows a man lying on naked on a rock on his side with his head covered by his hand becoming the physical embodiment of it. From the figure’s fetal position, how the rock is carved and the other material that is used to make it helps add to the sense of dread. Unlike the classical Greek and Roman statues that depicted gods and heroes, even during Rodin’s time this was a common practice, but this work shows an unknown man— a normal man showing weakness.
The composition of the body shows the fragile state of it. The front of the body is in a position that gives the viewer a sense of how unprotected he is while the back is completely exposed. The figure is laying on his left side with his left arm parallel to the body with the hand clenched in a fist. The legs are close the torso and the right leg is on top of the left one, shifting lower as well. The toes are curled inward toward the body.The right arm is bent and the hand is clutching the head. The face is not visible at all, being covered by the forearm and it seems to be buried in the rock itself. The shape…

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