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

Pierre de Wiessant

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Cast by Alexis Rudier (French)
Date:
modeled 1885, cast ca. 1900–1907
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze, brown patina
Dimensions:
wt. confirmed: 17 3/4 × 8 7/8 × 8 1/2 in., 20.3 lb. (45.1 × 22.5 × 21.6 cm, 9.2 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Bequest of Susan Vanderpoel Clark, 1967
Accession Number:
67.155.12
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.
Signature: Incised on base at left foot of figure: A. Rodin

On interior of base, raised: A. Rodin

Marking: Incised on back at base: ALEXIS RUDIER / FONDEUR. PARIS (founder's mark)
Susan Vanderpoel Clark (until 1967; bequeathed to MMA)