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Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Cast by Alexis Rudier (French)
Date:
modeled ca. 1890, cast ca. 1910
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 21 × 20 × 12 1/2 in., 44.2 lb. (53.3 × 50.8 × 31.8 cm, 20 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910
Accession Number:
11.173.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
This bust reveals the "enthusiasm and veneration" with which Rodin said he modeled the original clay likeness of his friend Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, whose paintings hang nearby. Puvis’s every wrinkle and dimple is vibrantly captured in the bronze cast, which also preserves how Rodin smudged the clay across the topcoat to create textured surfaces that flicker in the light. Despite its painterly quality, the portrait did not please the sitter, who accused Rodin of sculpting him in caricature.
Signature: On right rear shoulder: A. Rodin

Marking: At base of neck in back: ALEXIS RUDIER/FONDEUR. PARIS
Thomas Fortune Ryan (until 1910; to MMA)
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