<i>Restrained strength,</i> 1962. Agglomerate.   Statue
Restrained strength, 1962. Agglomerate.   Statue

Sculpture, for Morgan-Snell, represents the most fulfilling expression of the self, as the created piece: "A statue, you see it; you can feel it being born. This is a complete work. It’s contours, its landforms, reliefs, the artist shapes it little by little, they perfect it. We really feel, by kneading the clay, that we become the creator, to give it life, to animate by a spark of spirituality this inanimate matter. The birth of a statue, for me probably because I am a woman - it really represents, in the fullest sense of the term, a birth. "

During the summer of 1957 she threw herself into this new vocation and succeeded beyond all expectations. The artist seeks to instill a sense of movement into inert matter. While some wished to compare Morgan-Snell to Michelangelo because of the power of her line and the science of her monumental compositions, it is rather to Carpeaux she should be likened. This is the case in her most studied group of sculptures, Perpetual Motion, which is not unrelated to such illustrious Carpeaux groups such as Dance and La Fontaine du Luxembourg. It should be noted also that the terracotta statue of a man by Morgan-Snell entitled Withheld Force won the gold medal for sculpture in 1964, reminding us strongly of Carpeaux’s Ugolino. She also distinguished herself in her smaller works, showing all of her talent in works such as Young Ardor or horses' heads both in gilded bronze.


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