As a sculptor involved in portraiture, I find inspiration in faces everywhere I go. Whether I am at the antique store admiring vintage “junk” or watching the local high school play, I see expressions that catch my eye.
Something about this mannequin’s expression brings to mind the moving face of an ecstatic saint. It compelled me to look up the word pathos, and along the way I discovered the word bathos.
|Adj.||1.||bathetic – effusively or insincerely emotional; “a bathetic novel”; “maudlin expressions of sympathy”; “mushy effusiveness”; “a schmaltzy song”; “sentimental soap operas”; “slushy poetry”
hokey, kitschy, maudlin, mawkish, schmaltzy, schmalzy, sentimental, slushy, soppy, soupy, mushy, drippy
emotional – of more than usual emotion; “his behavior was highly emotional”
A new, useful word for a portrait sculptors repetoire!