Beside the Sea
- Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
- ca. 1907
- Overall (wt. confirmed): 23 1/2 × 34 1/2 × 23 1/4 in., 527 lb. (59.7 × 87.6 × 59.1 cm, 239 kg)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910
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Devoid of the psychic tensions that energize Rodin’s early compositions, this restful bather embodies the serenity typical of his late marbles. With its self-content aura of quiet, the figure recalls the voluptuous nudes painted by Rodin’s contemporary Auguste Renoir. Rodin hung one of Renoir’s paintings, Nude in the Sunlight (ca. 1880; Musée Rodin, Paris), above his desk, stating: "The torso of this young woman is pure sculpture." Beside the Sea was selected for The Met by John Marshall, a founder of the Rodin collection, during a 1907 visit to the sculptor’s studio. It is the only marble version of the subject.