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Study for Galatea

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
modeled ca. 1889, cast before 1912
Culture:
French
Medium:
Cast plaster
Dimensions:
Height: 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Auguste Rodin, 1912
Accession Number:
12.12.2
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 nearby 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.
Signature: A. Rodin
Auguste Rodin (until 1912; to MMA)
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