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Head of Nijinsky

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Cast by Alexis Rudier (French)
Date:
modeled 1912, cast after 1967
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze, on a base of black marble
Dimensions:
H. w/base 4 in. (10.2 cm.); H. w/out base 2-7/8 in. (7.3 cm.); W. 1-1/4 in. (3.2 cm.); D. 1-1/2 in. (3.8 cm.)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.364.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Nijinsky posed for Rodin in 1912, shortly after the sculptor had defended his controversial ballet L'Après-midi d'un faun in an editorial in Le Matin. Nijinsky's sittings were cut short and a sculpture never completed. This head as well as a statuette of the dancer (see 1991.446), were cast after Rodin's death.
Signature: On the neck: A. Rodin/N.8

Marking: On the bronze base: G. Rudier./Fond. Paris
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)
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