Medardo Rosso sustained a concept of sculpture related to the idea of the suspended instant and of apparition, which in the last instance denoted immateriality and timelessness. This implied an alliance with surrounding matter and an inevitable tendency towards its dissolution in light energy. This does not mean, however, that he denied sculpture its material entity, on the contrary, he recognised the quality of matter as the crucible for all forms rather than its subordination to a kind of formal solidification of fiction. He therefore championed a kind of sculpture which, having an immaterial bias, was more visual than tactile and with regard to which the observer's point of view was an essential aspect.
The fact that his fame and universality are recognised only in relatively reduced circles is the best evidence of the fact that what began as a kind of conspiracy to silence his unquestionable worth with very immediate objectives in mind has resulted in a grave omission from the history of art, repeated "ad nauseam" with the utmost triteness.