• Emile Antoine Bourdelle

    Santa Barbara Museum of Art

    The major exhibit of sculpture and drawings by Bourdelle (French 1861–1929) is a refreshing and overdue re-examination of the romantic sculpture of a bygone day when important artists still reckoned with the Greek ideal, or at least admitted to the involvement.

    Bourdelle’s style is credited with fostering the sentimental statuary found in parks and public monuments. The difference between sentiment and sentimentality was scrupulously observed by him, however, even though his imitators did not.

    Rodin, a contemporary of Bourdelle, overshadowed his genius but did not deny it, declaring in a much-quoted

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