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Mask of Rose Beuret

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
ca. 1880–82 or 1898
Culture:
French
Medium:
Cast plaster
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 10 11/16 × 6 3/8 × 6 5/8 in., 3.7 lb. (27.1 × 16.2 × 16.8 cm, 1.7 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.364.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
This is a cast of the final portrait Rodin made of Rose Beuret, one of his first models and his companion of fifty-three years. An uneducated woman from the countryside, she maintained Rodin’s studio in their youthful poverty, bore his son, and served him throughout her life. Here, Rodin captures their enigmatic relationship by modeling her face as a mask with downcast eyes.
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)
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