Mask of Rose Beuret

Auguste Rodin French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800

This is a cast of the final portrait Rodin made of Rose Beuret, one of his first models and his companion of fifty-three years. An uneducated woman from the countryside, she maintained Rodin’s studio in their youthful poverty, bore his son, and served him throughout her life. Here, Rodin captures their enigmatic relationship by modeling her face as a mask with downcast eyes.

Mask of Rose Beuret, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Cast plaster, French

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