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The Tempest

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
carved before 1910
Culture:
French
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 13 5/8 x 14 7/8 x 7 3/4 in., 73lb. (34.6 x 37.8 x 19.7 cm, 33.1126kg); Footprint of sculpture (confirmed): 14 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (36.8 x 16.5 cm); Length of rod mount: 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910
Accession Number:
11.173.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Rodin unleashes sound from stone, giving voice to the shrieking figure emerging from the marble. Will this banshee apparition remain enchained by the braids that bind her? Or will her streaming tresses dissolve the block of marble to free her? Untitled until its acquisition by The Met from Rodin’s studio in 1910, The Tempest poses a question. Can a sculptor release from inert material the sense of life essential to art? In this work Rodin evokes the tempestuous struggle embedded in the answer.
Thomas Fortune Ryan (until 1910; to MMA)
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