(American, b. 1946)
"Romeo (Third Life)"
from the "Ballet Suite", cast signature and numbered "11/90" along front edge of self-base, presented on a round black marble stepped plinth; together with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.
overall h. 14-1/2", w. 15-1/2", d. 18"
Notes: "Parting is such sweet sorrow that I'll say my goodnight until tonight becomes tomorrow"
Romeo and Juliet
Act II, Scene 2
The sculpture presented here is from the "Romeo and Juliet" suite by Richard MacDonald, which was inspired by the 1965 Royal Ballet version of Sergei Prokofiev's 1935 work and featured Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in the titular roles. Macdonald has chosen the dramatic "Balcony" scene where the two young lovers are loathe to leave each other. The tension in the figure of Romeo is almost palpable; the taut muscles, the reaching, grasping hands, and the anguished facial expression all expose his internal torment, and reveal the sculptor's mastery at the depiction of the human form. Working in the time-consuming "lost wax" technique, MacDonald explores the innate power and complexity of the human figure.