Ferenc Farkas: Little Ballett Dancer
(2015, Handshake Europe Sculpture Park)
“My series titled Finale has been enlarged for years and it reminds us of the world of dance, showmen, and the characters of the circus. Intentionally, not always the unclouded, jolly side of this world did I want to show, but I intended to highlight the fallibility, its temporary loneliness, the lability of its cast by showing their movements and attributes. The statue of the “Little Ballerina” exhibited in the Statue Park belongs to this group and has one of the biggest size of the group.”
It is worth spending some time in front of this statue of lyric tone. This very topic has often emerged within the European Art, especially in France during the beginning of the previous century. Men keep raising the question over and over again of what secrets of the past, future and our existence are borne by women? We all are familiar with the ballerinas of Edgar Degas similarly to the women characters of Delacroix, Ingres, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso and Modigliani. Are they really the possessors of the knowledge inexpressible by words?
Let’s have a look at the ballerina by Ferenc Farkas. The nature of movement and the body language reveals a lot. At first sight we perceive a stepping movement. In fact, the transverse left foot receives a little weight from the right one. This way, a sensitive balance is created between the feet, and the upper and the lower parts of the trunk.
The arms crossed in front of the body mirror an individual confinement. The right palm touching the face refers to an introverted gesture. Her eyes are sad looking in front of herself. Fine features are a bit tired. Her forward leaning head softly and the right foot slightly diagonal direction are parallel similarly to the forward stepping left foot. The contrapossto of the ankles, knees, the hipbone, the elbows and the shoulders come into existence to present a gossamer-fine, organic construction.
Is it possible, that the efforts of the body to bring about a physical balance are the symbols of inner happenings and the creation of equilibrium for the soul?
Endre Sipos, arts philosopher