Pierre de Wiessant

Auguste Rodin French
Cast by Alexis Rudier French

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). The tension of Pierre de Wiessant’s twisted stance announces his conflicted state as he approaches his own demise. The left side of his body stands erect, proceeding toward the enemy English camp while his right side pivots backward, his foot dragging behind him. Raising a large splayed hand, he shields his gaze from his fate.

Pierre de Wiessant, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Bronze, brown patina, French

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