Plastic pleasures: reconsidering the practice of modeling through manuals of sculpture technique, c.1880–1933

Compton, A. (2010) Plastic pleasures: reconsidering the practice of modeling through manuals of sculpture technique, c.1880–1933. Journal of Modern Craft, 3(3), pp. 309-324. (doi:10.2752/174967810X12868890612286)

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Abstract

Around the turn of the last century, a dozen manuals on sculpture technique were published. These texts, written by leading sculptors of the day, offer a valuable glimpse into technical processes and the daily routine of the sculptor's studio. This article reconsiders "How To" publications as a genre and their potential as an art historical source. It then presents a composite guide to modeling technique based on a detailed rereading of manuals published c.1880-1933. In looking again at the sculptor's craft in the decades surrounding the emergence of modernism, this article also considers how far modeling was renewed and reinvented or became a moribund art as argued by hostile critics.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Compton, Ms Ann
Authors: Compton, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:Journal of Modern Craft
Publisher:Berg
ISSN:1749-6772
ISSN (Online):1749-6780

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
451081Mapping the practice and profession of sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951Alison YarringtonArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/E00864X/1CCA - HISTORY OF ART