Jean de Fiennes, a Burgher of Calais

Auguste Rodin French
Cast by Susse Frères French

Not on view

This work reflects an intermediate study of one of the six Burghers represented in Rodin's Monument to the Burghers of Calais, commissioned by the municipal Council of Calais in 1884 and erected in 1885. Rodin modeled at least two trial versions of Jean de Fiennes wearing a shirt or loose robe. The present version, half nude, with the shirt draped from both outstretched arms, is usually considered to be the one presented to the Council in 1885, but this assumption has been questioned. In any case, the figure underwent considerable modification before the version to be seen in the monument was completed.

Jean de Fiennes, a Burgher of Calais, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Bronze, French

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