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Pierre de Wiessant, Nude Study

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Cast by Alexis Rudier (French)
Date:
modeled 1885, cast before 1950
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 26 5/8 × 14 1/2 × 11 3/4 in., 27.1 lb. (67.6 × 36.8 × 29.8 cm, 12.3 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.364.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
To fully capture the physicality of human expression, Rodin first modeled the figures of The Burghers of Calais (1989.407) as nudes and later draped them with clothing. Here, he portrays Pierre de Wiessant as a strong, lean youth. Reflecting on another study of Pierre’s noble resignation to death, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, "This figure [could be] a monument to all who have died young."
Signature: On the base, at right front: A. Rodin

On the interior of the base, raised: A. Rodin

Marking: On the back of the base, below right foot: Alexis Rudier/ Fondeur Paris (founder's mark)
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)
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