Old Woman Standing with Folded Arms, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Cast plaster, French

Old Woman Standing with Folded Arms

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
modeled ca. 1885, cast before 1912
Culture:
French
Medium:
Cast plaster
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 12 1/4 × 5 × 6 1/2 in. (31.1 × 12.7 × 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Auguste Rodin, 1912
Accession Number:
12.12.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
A gift from Rodin to The Met in 1912, this plaster preserves the sculptor’s sensitive modeling of an aged woman’s body. The sobering realism of the figure recalls The Old Courtesan, a composition for The Gates of Hell sculpted after the same model (on view in another case), and evokes Rodin’s attitude that "what is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of beauty."
Signature: A. Rodin
Auguste Rodin (until 1912; to MMA)