Torso (A Study for Ariane without Arms)

Artist: Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)

Date: ca. 1900–1905

Culture: French

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: Overall (without base): 7 × 11 5/8 × 4 1/4 in. (17.8 × 29.5 × 10.8 cm); Overall (mounted to block, wt. confirmed): 9 1/4 × 11 5/8 × 5 3/8 in., 9.6 lb. (23.5 × 29.5 × 13.7 cm, 4.4 kg); Overall (block only): 2 × 8 × 5 3/8 in. (5.1 × 20.3 × 13.7 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Auguste Rodin, 1912

Accession Number: 12.13.1

Description


In the 1880s, Rodin began to break apart his sculptural studies and treat the fragments as independent works of art. He may have displayed this terracotta torso on its small wooden base in his studio until 1912, when he donated it to The Met. The scarred torso recalls the "noble vestiges" of the Parthenon that Rodin admired in the British Museum during his London sojourns.

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