Eugene Carrière: Shadow and Substance
| Eugene Carriere: Shadow and Substance
by Dr. Shelley Cordulack
The book features an introduction by Dr. Shelley Cordulack, including the themes of the human condition as Carriere may have seen them.
Eugene Carrière: Shadow and Substance, edited by Ed Walker with an inttoduction by Dr. Shelley Cordulacki. (Decatur, IL.: Bronze Man Books, 2006). 88 pages, 8 x 10 inches, hard bound. ISBN 978-0978744120. $45.00 and $2.50 postage from the publisher at <http://www.bronzemanbooks.com> or by mail from: Bronze Man Books, Millikin University, 1184 W. Main, Decatur, IL 62522.
Eugene Carriere: Shadow and Substance is the exhibition catalogue from the Dr. Nick Vlachos art collection, which featured over 50 paintings by the French Symobolist painter (1849-1906). The exhibition and catalog were a collaborative effort between the Millikin University Art Department and the Decatur Area Arts Council. The book features an introduction by Dr. Shelley Cordulack, including the themes of the human condition as Carriere may have seen them.
The catalogue includes:
• Full color reproduction of all fifty paintings in the entire May-June 2006 Decatur exhibit.
• A preface by Ed Walker, Chairman of the Millikin University Art Department.
• An introduction on the historical significance of Eugene Carrière by Dr. Shelly Cordulack.
About the Artist
Eugene Carrière was born at Giurnay (Seine-Inferieure) on Jan. 17, 1849, son of a Flemish father and an Alsatian mother, passed his early youth at Strasbourg. In 1877 he married the woman who was, henceforth, to figure in his famous pictures of "maternity" and of family groups. He gradually developed a distinctive style by supressing local color and outline, and by modeling in planes by means of delicate contrasts of light and dark. The figures seem to be enveloped in a grey mist. His portrait renderings are alive and sensitive; and he painted some distinguished personalities of his literary and artistic circle of friends (Paul Vertaine). Eugene Carrière also practiced lithography and sculpture. He was an enthusiastic teacher, taking an active part in the artistic life of Paris including the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts and the Salon d'Automne.
Auguste Rodin and Eugène Carrière met in the 1880s while they were both working for the Sèvres factory. The friendship that developed between the two artists was noted by critics at the time and the first biographers. But although Rodin has become world-famous since his death, Carrière, whose work was very popular while he was alive, is now underrated. After Rodin and Carrière got to know each other in 1880, they remained the closest of friends until Carrière's death. They are thought of as the ideal artists, who, through their friendship, transcended the differences between the techniques of sculpture and painting and sought to find the "inner life" which lies below the surface of people and things. They felt a sense of empathy for the symbolist critics and poets of their age and the two of them became pivotal figures in French symbolist art.
The centenary of Carrière's death in 2006 is a unique opportunity to rediscover the artist and his singular art.
Shelley Cordulack received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been teaching at Millikin University since 1974. She is a full professor of art. Her publications are wide-ranging, including her book Edvard Munch & the Physiology of Sybolism, published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
5.3.2006 Exhibition Review - Decatur Magazine