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The Hand of Rodin

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
1917
Culture:
French
Medium:
Cast plaster with coat of shellac
Dimensions:
Overall (torso upright, wt. confirmed): 6 × 9 in., 1.9 lb. (15.2 × 22.9 cm, 850g)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Presented by Rodin to his pupil Malvina Hoffman and given by her to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Malvina C. Hoffman, 1966
Accession Number:
66.247.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Shortly before Rodin’s death, his assistant, Paul Cruet, took a cast of his master’s hand and combined it with a small female torso by Rodin. More a tribute to the great sculptor’s genius than a work of art, this plaster group was a treasured possession of Rodin’s most gifted American student, the New York sculptor Malvina Hoffman.
Inscription: On bottom of wrist: LA MAIN DE / RODIN / A / Malvina Hoffman / 1919
Malvina C. Hoffman (until 1966; bequeathed to MMA)
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