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Torso (A Study for Ariane without Arms)

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
ca. 1900–1905
Culture:
French
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall (without base): 7 × 11 5/8 × 4 1/4 in. (17.8 × 29.5 × 10.8 cm); Overall (mounted to block, wt. confirmed): 9 1/4 × 11 5/8 × 5 3/8 in., 9.6 lb. (23.5 × 29.5 × 13.7 cm, 4.4 kg); Overall (block only): 2 × 8 × 5 3/8 in. (5.1 × 20.3 × 13.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Auguste Rodin, 1912
Accession Number:
12.13.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
In the 1880s, Rodin began to break apart his sculptural studies and treat the fragments as independent works of art. He may have displayed this terracotta torso on its small wooden base in his studio until 1912, when he donated it to The Met. The scarred torso recalls the "noble vestiges" of the Parthenon that Rodin admired in the British Museum during his London sojourns.
Auguste Rodin (until 1912; to MMA)
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