The Weeping Burgher (Andrieu d'Andres), Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Bronze, green patina, French

The Weeping Burgher (Andrieu d'Andres)

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
modeled 1885, cast ca. 1908–9
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze, green patina
Dimensions:
Height (wt. confirmed): 17 in., 20.9 lb. (43.2 cm, 9.5 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss G. Louise Robinson, 1940
Accession Number:
40.12.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
This is a reduced version of one of the figures of the monumental group The Burghers of Calais (see 1989.407), modeled between 1884 and 1885 and unveiled at Calais in 1895.

Rodin sought to represent varying degrees of heroism and grief in The Burghers of Calais. While some figures embody stoic self-sacrifice, others succumb to fear. This figure, unable to disguise his emotional distress, externalizes the suffering of his brethren by grasping his bowed head with massive, outstretched hands.
Signature: Signed on outside of base and underneath base) A. Rodin
Miss G. Louise Robinson (until 1940; to MMA)