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The Old Courtesan (La Belle qui fut heaulmière)

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
modeled ca. 1885, cast 1910
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 19 3/4 × 11 × 8 in., 37 lb. (50.2 × 27.9 × 20.3 cm, 16.8 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910
Accession Number:
11.173.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Incorporated into the left pilaster on The Gates of Hell, the withered old woman evoked a moral connection between sin and the ravages of time. The harrowing veracity of the independent sculpture accords with a statement of Rodin’s: "Character is the intense truth of any natural [sight], beautiful or ugly."
Signature: On the cast at right base, under foot: A. Rodin; raised, on interior: A. Rodin
Thomas Fortune Ryan (until 1910; to MMA)
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