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Final Study for the Monument to Balzac

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
modeled 1897, cast 1972
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 41-3/4 in. (106 cm.); W. 17-1/2 in. (44.5 cm.); D. 16-1/2 in. (41.9 cm.)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.364.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
This study differs little from the finished Monument to Balzac except that it is less than half the size. It was preceded by studies of the dressing gown alone, a simulation of one that Balzac preferred to wear when writing. A study of the full figure wrapped in the dressing gown followed. The final study, simplified and more a symbol than a portrait, attempted to convey a strength of character analogous to the power of Balzac's prose. It has been said that in the attempt, Rodin created the first truly modern sculpture.
Signature: On the base, at right front: A. Rodin N°1

Marking: On the back edge of the base: .Georges Rudier./Fondeur.Paris.; on the right edge of the base: © by musée Rodin 1972
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)
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