Graphite, pen and brown ink, gouache-wash and red crayon
11 3/4 x 8 7/16 in. (29.9 x 21.4 cm)
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1910
Not on view
The Japanese actress Ohta Hisa (1868–1945), known as Hanako, posed for a number of portrait studies, and Rodin portrayed her mobile face in various media. The pensive mood of the actress in this sketch is disturbed by the disquieting second image of her face as an enigmatic mask. Rodin apparently intended to use Hanako as a living model for a portrait of Beethoven, probably in much the same way that he had used a man of the city of Tours named Estager as the living model for the figure's head in the Monument to Balzac.
Signature: Lower right: "Aug. Rodin"
Inscription: Lower right: "Hanak"
Photo Secession Gallery. "An Exhibition of Recent and Early Drawings and Water-Colors by Auguste Rodin," March 1, 1910–April 1, 1910.
Musée d'Orsay, Paris. "Masques: de Carpeaux à Picasso," October 21, 2008–February 1, 2009.
Institut Mathildenhöhe de Darmstadt. "Masques: de Carpeaux à Picasso," March 8, 2009–June 7, 2009.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. "Masques: de Carpeaux à Picasso," August 1, 2009–October 31, 2009.
Photo Secession: Exhibition of Drawings by Auguste Rodin. Edward J. Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, New York, March 31 - April 16, 1910, cat. no. 12.
Clare Vincent "Rodin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, A History of the Collection." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 38, no. 4, Spring 1981, fig. no. 17.
Édouard Papet Masques: de Carpeaux à Picasso. Exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay, Paris, October 21-February 1, 2009, Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, March 8-June 7, 2009, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, August-October 2009. Paris, 2008, cat. no. 61, pp. 104, 234, ill. p. 106.