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Jean-Babtiste Carpeaux – ANALYZED SCULPTURE #2



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When we analyze a sculpture, we use the same process as a two-dimensional drawing or painting. After all, every amazing sculpture starts with a simple sketch. We also have to be detectives and look beyond the surface to find clues of their design. Clues that the untrained eye is unaware of, like the dynamic symmetry grid they used, and hidden Gestalt psychology techniques like arabesques and coincidences. That’s what we’re going to be learning today!

Let’s reveal the unique design techniques within this energetic sculpture by Jean-Babtiste Carpeaux. This famous sculpture is called “The Dance” (La Dance), and it was masterfully created to represent the dance of Bacchus (see Day 124). The powerful techniques Carpeaux used to create this remarkable sculpture proves he was a true master!

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