Study for Galatea

Auguste Rodin French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800

Rodin challenged sculptural ideals by leaving his figures in varying states of incompletion. In this study for the marble Pygmalion and Galatea, the figure of Galatea emerges gracefully from a shapeless plinth. The truncated and faceless figure evokes the process of artistic formation through expressive fragments.

Study for Galatea, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Cast plaster, French

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