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The Three Shades

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Cast by Georges Rudier (French)
Date:
modeled between 1881 and 1886, cast 1969
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 38 1/4 × 37 × 20 1/2 in. (97.2 × 94 × 52.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.364.17
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
The Shades are three separate casts of the same figure that has been rotated into different positions. Each is a small version of the monumental bronze Adam (11.173.1) that Rodin once planned to place at one side of The Gates of Hell. In the final version of The Gates, the Shades stood above the center of the lintel and personify the dead. The chocolate brown color of this group reveals its identity as a modern cast. Bronzes made before Rodin’s death in 1917 generally were patinated almost black and flecked with green, as is seen in the lifetime casts of Adam, Eve (11.173.2) and the Thinker (11.173.9).
Signature: Signed on the base, at right: A. Rodin

Marking: On the back edge of the base: Georges Rudier / Fondeur Paris (founder's mark)

On the back edge of the base: © by musée Rodin. 1969
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)
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