Iris, Messenger of the Gods, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Bronze, black marble base, French

Iris, Messenger of the Gods

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Cast by Alexis Rudier (French)
Date:
modeled ca. 1890, cast 1965
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze, black marble base
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. on block confirmed): 17 1/2 × 16 3/8 × 9 in., 9.5 lb. (44.5 × 41.6 × 22.9 cm, 4.3 kg);
Height (with base): 19 1/16 in. (48.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.364.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
This unabashedly erotic partial figure was inspired by Rodin’s interest in dance. Extending her legs in mid-flight, the messenger of the gods is rendered weightless through her acrobatic pose. A large-scale winged version, symbolizing poetic inspiration, was originally intended for Rodin’s monument to the Romantic poet Victor Hugo.
Signature: On the sole of the right foot: A. Rodin

Marking: On the sole of the left foot: .Georges Rudier./.Fondeur.Paris; on the sole of the left foot: © by musée Rodin 1965
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)