Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish
'This intriguing history has been brought to light in this exquisitely detailed book' - Harpers Bazaar
'A fascinating and scholarly new book... Jane Munro introduces this book by saying her aim is 'to give the artist's 'silent' partner a voice'. She certainly succeeds, as well as providing enough rich, often disturbing, material for contemplation in a world where the allure of androids and avatars is only increasing' - Art Quarterly
'This is the art book for art lovers' - Tatler Best Books
Accompanying the critically acclaimed exhibition at the Fitzwilliam and Musee Bourdelle, Partners, this catalogue provides an in-depth look at how artists since the Renaissance have used mannequins or lay figures as substitutes for the living model.
At first the figure was used as an aid, enabling the artist to study anatomical proportion, fix a pose at will, and perfect the depiction of drapery and clothing. However, over the course of the 19th century, the mannequin gradually evolved into becoming the artist's subject, at first humorously, then in more complicated ways.
Generously illustrated, this book features works by such artists as Poussin, Gainsborough, Degas, Courbet, Cezanne, Kokoschka, Dali, Man Ray, and others. Munro examines their range of responses to the uncanny and highly suggestive potential of the mannequin.
Silent Partners won the prestigious Apollo Exhibition of the Year Award in 2015.
- Author: Jane Munro, Curator in the Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Date published: October 2014
- Language: English
- Delivery: Allow 2-3 weeks
- ISBN: 978-0300208221
- Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 23.9 x 3cm
★★★★ 'Disturbing and first rate' - The Telegraph
'Another of the year's top shows' - The Telegraph
'The intellectual arguments here are ambitious, and the quality of the objects consistently impressive' - Apollo
'a riveting and highly original show devoted to the use (and abuse) of mannequins in art' -The Guardian
'Pioneering' - The Spectator
'particularly innovative...the first attempt to unravel the changing use of the articulated human figure .., a tool in artistic practice since the 16th century' - The FT
'A brilliantly researched book and exhibition' - World of Interiors
'The exhibition and associated book are … an integrated pleasure if, at times, a disconcerting one' - Burlington Magazine
'A new exhibition explores these fascinating malleable and mute models' - The Independent
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