Brother and Sister (Le frère et la soeur), Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Bronze, French

Brother and Sister (Le frère et la soeur)

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
1890
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 15 × 8 1/2 × 8 in., 18.7 lb. (38.1 × 21.6 × 20.3 cm, 8.5 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.265
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Rodin’s older sister, Maria, died in 1862, causing the stricken young sculptor to enter a religious order and abandon his art for many months. Sentimental tenderness is rare in Rodin’s sculptures; here, it may reflect memories of the lost, sustaining love between brother and sister.
Signature: Signed on the base: A. Rodin; on the interior, raised: A. Rodin
Auguste Rodin (until 1908; sold to MMA)