The thinker has a slightly surprised air, facing as he does a strange half-body cut off above the waist. Stark naked except for an incongruous pair of shoes, the figure appropriately sums up the humour of Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel, who often revisit the history of art with their own offbeat touches, reminding us that a body that isn't quite naked can often be more subversive than a completely nude figure.
The winners of the 2012 Marcel Duchamp prize flit between a homage to the past and a benevolent irony towards some of the more pompous art of the 19th century (like bathroom fittings entitled 'Allegory'), and between the modernity of concrete and the use of almost artisanal techniques. This time the two artists, who have worked together since 1997, have applied themselves to sculpture after Rodin, often decorating them (e.g. with a cable-knit grandpa's cardigan).
Without having quite the immediate force as some of their earlier works, the pieces created for the gardens of the Musée Rodin succeed in creating a malicious dialogue with the legendary sculptor, who died in 1917. We particularly admired a pool of magma with a foot sticking out, and a huge disembodied toe that echoes some of Rodin's unfinished pieces.