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Genius of Eternal Rest, without Head and Arms

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Coubertin Foundry
Date:
modeled ca. 1899, cast 1980
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 33 1/4 × 15 1/2 × 13 1/4 in., 64.2 lb. (84.5 × 39.4 × 33.7 cm, 29.1 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.364.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
This mourning genius (or spirit) is a truncated reworking, on a smaller scale, of a full-length figure with a head and arms that was originally intended for Rodin’s funerary monument to the painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Based on an antique model, the sculpture evokes the shared love of classical art at the core of Rodin and Puvis’s friendship and artistic practices. The figure’s unbalanced pose, however—accentuated here by the missing appendages—defies classical ideals even as it recalls them.
Signature: At left front of the base: A. Rodin

Marking: At right front edge of base: n 1; on back edge of the base, impressed: a rectangular seal with a flower flanked by the letters F and C (Coubertin Foundry); on back edge of base: © by Musée Rodin 1980
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)
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