Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1986
Not on view
This work reflects an intermediate study of one of the six Burghers represented in Rodin's Monument to the Burghers of Calais, commissioned by the municipal Council of Calais in 1884 and erected in 1885. Rodin modeled at least two trial versions of Jean de Fiennes wearing a shirt or loose robe. The present version, half nude, with the shirt draped from both outstretched arms, is usually considered to be the one presented to the Council in 1885, but this assumption has been questioned. In any case, the figure underwent considerable modification before the version to be seen in the monument was completed.
Signature: Signed and numbered on right side of base: A. Rodin/Nº1
Marking: On left side of base: Susse Fondeur Paris (founder's mark)
Twice on underside of base, raised within rectangles: SUSSE FONDEUR/ PARIS/ CIRE PERDUE (founder's mark)