Graphite with wash of watercolor and gouache on cream paper
Overall: 12 13/16 x 9 13/16 in. (32.5 x 25 cm)
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1910
Not on view
Nero, or, as it is titled in French on the lower right side of the drawing, Néron is one of Rodin's rapid sketches that show the results of later reworking. It has been discovered that this figure was originally that of a woman. The bold outline of the final version has been drawn in pencil over washes of watercolor and gouache.
Signature: lower right: "Aug. Rodin"
Inscription: Center right: "Neron"
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