Personal Perspective #1
The meaning expressed by this is a tribute to everyone who
ever shouldered a burden that was too much. In the sculpture the burden is a large stone but it could be
symbolic of more. The beautiful
young girl that is crushed underneath the block doesn’t appear to be in pain or
a struggle, her face appears determined as though she will continue to bear her
burden regardless of the situation.
I think this piece was created as art, with no physical
use. I think the purpose of this
piece is that Rodin is making a statement to the artists that made columns with
women as the centerpieces. I think
he is saying that while the columns in Greece are beautiful they should have
used strong, burly men instead.
I was drawn to this piece because I read the artist’s name
in a book when I was a kid and I needed to come up with something to add to my
Google Art Project Gallery. I
prefer “pretty” art and the woman, while contorted under her rock, is pretty. The smooth lines of the sculpture
contrasted with the roughness of the block as well as the lower rock that she
is on top of appear to be more textured.