Figure I

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Figure I
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Overall H: 82 cm, Diam: 23.3 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Roubíček is well known for his virtuoso large-scale blown and hot-worked sculptures that are based on the human body. In terms of mass, volume, and control of form, cast glass lends itself to sculpture more than blown glass. Yet Roubíček has spent his career exploring the potential of blown glass for sculpture, and he has developed his sculpting technique in glass in a unique way. These ghostly figures were inspired by the rounded, abstract forms of the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957).
Art Centrum, Source
R. Roubicek 1980
Primary Description: 
Translucent milky white overlaid with colorless non-lead glass; blown into a mold, elongated and tooled while hot. Tall, uneven, hollow half-figure of colorless overlaid with white blown into a mold leaving a rib around perimeter; figure has suggestion of facial features (head is all white), twisted at the neck, body has been shaped with tools; white ends near base leaving colorless edge; thick base rim ground and polished flat, scattered seed bubbles and tool marks; unsigned.
Corning Museum of Glass
Sculpture Gallery
Czechoslovakian Glass 1350-1980
Corning Museum of Glass 1981-05-02 through 1981-11-01
Six centuries of objects from five Czechoslovakian museums and more than 20 contemporary Czech glass artists. From the geographic region of Czechoslovakia known as Bohemia, came (and continues to come) a dazzling sequence of decorative designs and techniques for the embellishment of glass. The history of the Czechoslovakian artist is not simply a catalog of applied decorative techniques, but a sequential array of innovations and improvements that have often set the standard for the rest of the world.
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 29, 96-97 (fig. 51, plate 24); BIB# 107478
Miluse Roubickova, Rene Roubicek, 1950-1987 (1987) illustrated, p. 15 (left); BIB# 33059