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Sat, Jan 21, 2023 04:00PM EST
Lot 38

MEDARDO ROSSO, Jewish Boy (Bambino ebreo) Wax on Plaster

Estimate: $400,000 - $600,000

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This piece was represented by Christies in 1999.Please see attached letters below.A SYMPOSIUM ON MEDARDO ROSSO’S BAMBINO EBREO OCTOBER 30, 2014The Center for Italian Modern Art is pleased to present its first program of the 2014-15 season, an investigation into Medardo Rosso’s approach to serial sculpture, focused on the Bambino ebreo.ABOUT THE PROGRAMDeeply interested in questions of process, and acclaimed for his radical approaches to material, subject, and form, Medardo Rosso (1858-1928) was one of the few sculptors of his time to make his own casts rather than rely on commercial foundries. Such a level of control allowed him to conceive of each cast both as a unique object and as part of a series, as well as a site for technical experimentation.Bambino ebreo [Jewish Boy], conceived originally in Paris in the 1890s, was one of the subjects that Rosso repeatedly returned to throughout his life, reproducing it for exhibitions and personal gifts. Interpretations of this disconsolate young face have oscillated through the years, and the work has been variously read as a universal metaphor of social alienation, suffering, loneliness, sadness, Jewishness, and even childhood itself.This summer ten of these Bambino ebreo casts—many never publicly exhibited before—were brought together for the first time for an exceptional exhibition at the Peter Freeman Gallery in New York, curated by Rosso scholar and art historian Sharon Hecker.CIMA’s program brings together members of an international team of art historians, conservators, and conservation scientists, led by Hecker, to share the results of the research they have conducted into Medardo Rosso’s technique and creative approach to seria



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