The Clenched Left Hand (Study for Hand of Pierre de Wiessant)

Auguste Rodin French
Cast by Georges Rudier French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800

To Rodin, hands communicated as forcefully as the human face. His independent sculptures of hands are portraits of emotions. This emphatically modeled, dramatically gesturing hand—that both seeks and draws away, that clenches but cannot grasp—is one of Rodin’s most compelling depictions of powerless despair.

The Clenched Left Hand (Study for Hand of Pierre de Wiessant), Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Bronze, French

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