Edward J. Steichen (American, born Luxembourg, 18791973)
Direct carbon print; 14 3/8 x 19 in. (36.5 x 48.3 cm)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.38)
Rodin moved his rejected plaster model for the Monument to Balzac to his home in Meudon, where he had had the pavilion from the retrospective exhibition of 1900 reconstructed. In the garden at Meudon, Steichen made this dramatic photograph of the work silhouetted against the night sky. The model was not cast in bronze until after Rodin's death. The bronze in the garden of the Hôtel Biron, now the Musée Rodin, in Paris was cast in 1936, and more of them have since been made.