Robert Engman Sculpture: Theme and Variations

Robert Engman with Nancy Porter & Anders Engman

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Robert Engman’s work over the last fifty years has ranged in size from monumental to miniature. Large pieces he has created for major cities and museums in decades past have common attributes but he had never formally attempted to make a series of related works. In the last ten years, he has cast a group of 52 distinctive small sculptures, whose modest scale has allowed him to realize his vast number of sculptural ideas more efficiently. This collection clearly demonstrates how Engman’s work expands and alters three-dimensional structural concepts. Divided into nine families, the sculptures’ forms are based on different combinations of circles and squares in flat and warped planes. Each piece is shown from several angles, revealing strikingly different perspectives.

Size: 6" x 9" | 209 color photos | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764352751

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Robert Engman was raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, the son of a tool and die maker. The metal working skills he learned as a boy and young man were invaluable when he found sculpture to be the career path he desired to follow during his graduate training at Yale University. He created many pieces over the years which can be found in collections and museums around the world. During that time, he was also a popular professor at Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. Following his retirement, he worked on the creation of the small sculptures featured in this book which reflect the "theme and variations" mode of creative thought found in music and other arts. His sculpture is distinctive, characterized by organic shapes connected and defined by warped and curvilinear planes. For further information on Robert Engman’s body of work, visit or email at [email protected]