Constantin MeunierIn the Black Country: Two Nude Boat Haulers© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi
Does a sculptor's drawing have a special "something" about it? The majority of recent studies admit that: "in truth, many drawings by sculptors could have been done by non-sculptors" (Guilhem Scherf), especially landscapes and still lifes, architectural sketches or drawings from life.
By devoting an in-house exhibition to drawings of sculpture, the Musée d'Orsay is taking advantage of the Leaving Rodin behind
exhibition to compare the drawings and sculptures of several artists. Thus one can see within a few feet of each other, sculptures and drawings by Chapu, Carpeaux, Rodin, Maillol, Bourdelle and even Bernard.
Catherine Chevillot, senior curator. Musée d'Orsay