- Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
- first modeled 1883
- Bronze, marble
- Overall: 17 1/2 × 12 1/2 × 11 in. (44.5 × 31.8 × 27.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Virginia Pratt Thayer, Sally Pratt Jackson, Phyllis Pratt Nitz, Edwin H. Baker Pratt and John T. Pratt Jr., 1966
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Victor-Marie Hugo (1802–1885) was probably the most famous author and poet of nineteenth-century France. Rodin first exhibited the model for the bust in 1884 at the Salon of the Société des Artistes Français in 1884. The portrait would ultimately serve as the source for the head of Hugo in the Monument to Victor Hugo.