Bacchante (Grapes or Autumn)

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

Date: ca. 1874

Culture: French

Medium: Terracotta, wood base

Dimensions: 15 1/2 × 8 7/8 × 9 3/8 in. (39.4 × 22.5 × 23.8 cm)
Height (with base, wt. confirmed): 18 3/4 in., 20 lb. (47.6 cm, 9.1 kg)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, 1975

Accession Number: 1975.312.7


During the long years of poverty before his fame, Rodin worked for the commercial sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse and created fashionable works like this one in his master’s style. Bright, charming, and devoid of inner life, it represents all that Rodin rejected in contemporary sculpture. He later said, "Nothing I ever did for Belleuse interested me.