- Posted January 24, 2014 by
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The egg is also a sensuous object. (I would not be surprised if in some prehistoric, primitive culture it was considered an aphrodisiac. (If a way to a man's heart is through his stomach then feeding him an egg must almost guarantee you a marriage proposal.))
That much meaning condensed in a simple form helps to explain the egg's hold on some of the great, and not so great, artists of the modern era. Brancusi translated the egg into stone (and bronze), Arp fused a dozen (or so) eggs together, and Laurens spliced an egg and a woman. Hepworth looked inside and explored both aspects of the egg: its outer form and its interior space. Henry Moore did the same but with more complexity by, again, splicing an egg and a woman.
But while modern artists and sculptures concentrated on the single egg, trying to glorify its simple form, past artists like Michelangelo, glorified its beauty by exploring the egg's presence in every part of the human body.