Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Torso

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Coubertin Foundry
Date:
modeled probably ca. 1877 or 1878, cast 1979
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze, on a marble base
Dimensions:
H. w/base 23 in. (58.4 cm.); H. w/o base 20-1/4 in. (51.4 cm.); W. 9-3/4 in. (24.8 cm.); D. 8-1/2 in. (21.6 cm.)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.364.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
In Rodin's more intimate works, he often forgot the burden of narrative to concentrate instead on problems connected with rendering distortions of the human form. Usually, these distortions resulted from the sculptor's attempts to capture the physical effects of extreme old age, emotional stress, or violent activity. Sometimes they were due in part to accidents in the studio. Rodin was also a pioneer in his promotion of the sculptural fragment as a complete and independent work of art. He modeled the extraordinary "Torso." later used for the sculptural hybrid titled "the Walking Man," in the late 1870s, and by 1889, when he exhibited jointly with Claude Monet in Paris, he was showing his sculptural fragments publicly.
Signature: On the right leg: A. Rodin N° 3

Marking: On the right leg: © by musée Rodin 1979; founder's seal impressed on the right leg: a rectangle with a raised flower between the letters F and C (Coubertin Foundry).
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)
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