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Sculpture Inside and Out by Malvina Hoffman

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Sculpture Inside and Out by Malvina Hoffman.

Published by Bonanza Books in 1939.



Origin of Form / A Brief Outline of Sculpture / The Timelessness of Art / Can Sculpture Be Taught? / The Sculptor's Studio / Anatomy, The Human Machine / Drawing and Modeling / Carving / Garden and Architectural Sculpture / Reliefs and Medals / Animals / Enlarging and Reducing / Photography and Lighting / Plaster and Terra Cotta / Bronze / Originals or Fakes?


330 pages / 7.4 x 10.3 x 1 inches / 19 x 26 x 2.5 centimeters


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Some wear / small rips & tears to the dust jacket.

The front endpapers have yellowed a bit with age.

Some underlining in pencil throughout and writing in pencil on the back endpapers.

This is Malvina Hoffman's book of faith in her art. Tracing back the origin of form in sculpture to its embryonic beginnings, she carries it through the various stages of its transformations, clarifying the modern movement and removing misconceptions concerning it. Part I includes a brief historical outline of sculpture and is enlivened by anecdotes and personal experiences with Rodin, Mestrovic, Brancusi and other famous artists.

In Part II Miss Hoffman takes the reader behind the scenes and shows what goes on in the sculptor's studio. Here he will find practical suggestions for the study of modeling, stone carving, etc., from many angles, including portraits, idealistic figures, architectural sculpture and abstract modern concepts. The problems of technique, from the making of the first armatures to the painting of a completed work, are fully illustrated with explanatory diagrams and descriptive notes. There are also many valuable recipes for the treatment of metal, plaster, stone and other mediums. No other contemporary book combines all the information here presented about the art of sculpture.

The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs taken in collaboration with experts and technicians: not only famous works of art but the processes entering into their production. It contains the most remarkable collection of photographs dealing with the craftsmanship of sculpture ever published in America, and in addition charts and drawings showing all kids of tools and their uses.

As a sculptor of international renown, whose work has received the highest awards, Malvina Hoffman is in a commanding position for the task she has undertaken. With ardent idealism and deep humility she has sought to mark the guide posts on the long journey of sculpture, to show how technique may serve the spirit in its search for expression and help the student, amateur and layman to understand the universal language of art.

Sculpture Inside and Out by Malvina Hoffman


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