Pair of Standing Nude Male Figures Demonstrating the Principles of Contrapposto According to Michelangelo and Phidias
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Height (each): 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1987
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
The Metropolitan Museum's Rodins sparked the initial enthusiasm of one of the great collectors of the art of the French sculptor. In a spirit of reciprocity, B. Gerald Cantor and his wife, Iris, gave more than thirty sculptures by Rodin to the Museum during the 1980s. The two figures from the collection of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney were presented to her by Rodin during a visit to his studio in Paris at the Hôtel Biron in 1911.
Signature: Incised on back of each: Rodin
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney ; by descent to Flora Whitney Miller ; [ sale, Sotheby's, New York , May 12 1987, lot 270 ] ; The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1987; to MMA)