Pierre de Wiessant, Nude Study

Auguste Rodin French
Cast by Alexis Rudier French

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."

Pierre de Wiessant, Nude Study, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Bronze, French

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