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Study of a hand

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
last quarter 19th–early 20th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Cast plaster
Dimensions:
Length: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 1912
Accession Number:
12.12.17
Not on view
Rodin was fascinated by the expressive possibilities of hands: hands gesturing in anguish as in The Burghers of Calais, small studies of hands pulsing with life, giant enigmatic hands sufficient unto themselves. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926), who was for a time Rodin's secretary, wrote: "There are among the works of Rodin's hands, single small hands, which without belonging to a body, are alive. Hands that rise, irritated and in wrath; hands whose five bristling fingers seem to bark like the five jaws of a dog of Hell."
Signature: A. Rodin
Auguste Rodin (until 1912; to MMA)
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