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Triton and Nereid

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
ca. 1886–93
Culture:
French
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Height (wt. on marble base, confirmed): 16 in., 33.7 lb. (40.6 cm, 15.3 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.11.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
This terracotta sketch of sensuously entwined sea deities reveals Rodin’s direct engagement with the subject of the female nude. The figure of Triton—caressing the Nereid’s voluptuously modeled torso—embodies the spirit of Rodin’s desire and veneration for the female body. The Met commissioned an over-life-size marble version of this work, but Rodin never completed it.
Signature: Signed: A. Rodin
Auguste Rodin (until 1910; sold to MMA)
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