Richard
Rosenblum

(1940–2000)
Worked in Newton Centre, MA

Year created: 
1990
Venusvine, Richard Rosenblum

Richard Rosenblum. Venusvine. 1990. Bronze. 16' x 5' 6".

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16' x 5' 6"

Bronze
deCordova Permanent Collection 1996.77, Anonymous Gift

Influenced by sixteenth-century Chinese rocks which are considered concentrations of energy and life and also objects of contemplation, Richard Rosenblum's sculptures communicate a profound experience of being. Falling between traditional figurative sculpture and Postmodern abstraction, Venusvine offers a meditative, universal, and timeless image of oneness with nature. Rosenblum combines landscape with the human figure and transforms matter from its inert and passive state. The figure seems capable of motion, not only through its sinuous contours but by a sense of internal energies. The title is derived from the mythology of a pantheistic culture and places the sculpture in a position of worship or contemplation as a goddess associated with nature. Grounded in the earth's energy, art reclaims its role as sacred and spiritual.