Sculpture Journal

Considering national art from a distance: Kineton Parkes and his reflections on contemporary sculpture made in Spain

Sculpture Journal (2016), 25, (1), 81–100.

Abstract

In spite of being responsible for diverse and interesting contributions to the study of modern Iberian sculpture, Kineton Parkes (1865–1938) remains practically unknown to art-historical scholarship in Spain. Although his books are widely quoted in studies of British sculpture of the 1920s and early 1930s in the UK, scant attention is given by British scholars to his thoughts on Iberian sculpture and very little is known either of his biography or his methodologies. This article analyses and contextualizes Parkes’s readings of Spanish-born sculptors at the beginning of the twentieth century, with the intention of contributing to the study of the international reception of modern Castilian and Catalan sculpture. Parkes’s vision is also interesting because it coincides with noucentista aesthetics and presents a national vision of modernity in sculpture.

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Rodríguez-Samaniego, Cristina