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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917)
LOT ID: 78694
Main de Rodin tenant un torse type A, 1917

Bronze, with black and green patina on a marble base mount
10.5 х 8 х 4.25 in. (26.67 x 20.32 x 10.8 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, on the top of the wrist "A. Rodin", and stamped on the base "A. Rudier Fondeur, Paris". This work is accompanied with a formal Certificate of Authenticity.
Edition of 16
Lot description
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) is renowned as one of the foremost French sculptors of the 19th century, celebrated for his expressive and modern depictions of the human form in bronze as well as other materials. Here he has created a hand holding up an miniature figure bent over in repose. This bronze measures 10.5 x 8 x 4.25 inches (26.7 x 20.3 x 10.8 cm), is an edition of 16, and is in excellent condition.

Rodin is known for such famous works as Saint John the Baptist, which incited controversy for its portrayal of a saint as an unidealized nude, as well as his 1880's commission from the French Ministry of Fine Arts to create The Gates of Hell. This monumental bronze work eventually lead to the creation of many of his later sculptures, including The Thinker and The Three Shades.

Rodin’s reputation grew throughout the 1880s, and his production and workshop expanded as he made more freestanding sculptures and bronze busts of friends and acquaintances from Parisian high society. Rodin’s later monumental series, including the moving narrative of the The Burghers of Calais created on commission for the town of Calais, France, and his portraits of Balzac, confirmed his status as a sculptor with uniquely expressive abilities. In 1900, an entire pavilion at the Paris World’s Fair exhibited his work, and during the final years of his life he had as many as 50 assistants helping him complete the high number of commissions he received. He died just outside of Paris in 1917. Today his work can be found in the collections of the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, the Cantor Center in California, the Musée Rodin in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Tate in London, among many other institutions
Main de Rodin tenant un torse type A by Auguste Rodin
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