Exposition Art Blog: Hugo Robus - American Modern Sculpture

Hugo Robus - American Modern Sculpture

Hugo Robus (1885 - 1964) was an American sculptor. He co-founded an art colony in New City, New York. His sculptures are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
"After four years at the Cleveland School of Art Robus went to New York City in the fall of 1907 to study painting at the National Academy of Design. In 1912 he left for France where he worked with noted sculptor Emile Antoine Bourdelle at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. On his return to New York, however, Robus again painted, experimenting with the bright prismatic colors and fragmented space characteristic of Italian Futurism. In 1920 Robus gave up painting for sculpture, although his first solo show of three-dimensional work did not occur until 1949, when Robus was sixty-four. In his sculpture Robus explored simple themes—a woman washing her hair, a girl reading, a mother with her child. Except for a brief period during the 1940s, when he was concerned with tactile surface effects, Robus created stylized figures with highly polished surfaces and sinuous contour lines that adroitly balance positive and negative space."(americanart.si.edu)


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