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Despair

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Cast by Georges Rudier (French)
Date:
modeled ca. 1890, cast ca. 1967
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 12 1/2 × 12 × 9 in., 17.4 lb. (31.8 × 30.5 × 22.9 cm, 7.9 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.155.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Despair is one of the sculptor’s various meditations on human despondency. Body coiled inward, the figure fruitlessly strains against the force of her foot pushing into her hands. Her pose recalls Rodin’s studies of dancers, but here bodily movement, confined by a foursquare block, is doomed to remain self-contained and endlessly repetitive. Despair derives from the upper left door of The Gates of Hell.
Signature: Signed on the back of the base: A. Rodin

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

On the back of the base: © by Musée Rodin, 1967
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1986; to MMA)
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