This expressive bronze bust is a recast of a piece Auguste Rodin created in 1885. His famous sculpture ‘La Martyre’ negotiated the artist’s relationship with his mistress Camille Claudel. It expresses the fatality, but also the passion which was part of their love. The present sculpture is a recast of the bust part of this work. On the back the cast signature ‘A. Rodin’ and the edition number ‘35/199’ can be seen. The bronze is in good condition with a slightly rubbed patina. The bronze was originally mounted on a pedestal. The height is 19 cm.
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
The famous artist attended the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs as a student of Lecoq de Boisbaudran and after completing his training Rodin worked in the studios of Antoine-Louis Barye and Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse. He created his first independent work in 1864 with ‘L'homme qui s'éveille’. In 1877 Rodin traveled through France to study the architecture of Gothic cathedrals. Two years later he began the series of busts of famous contemporary personalities. Together with Monet, Rodin organized the first major exhibition in 1889, which was followed by the presentation of 171 works at the Pavillon Rodin at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900. Over the years, more exhibitions took place, e.g. in Prague (1902), Dusseldorf (1904) and London (1914). Rodin was formative in all countries, already his contemporaries profoundly admired him and his ability. Rodin's works are represented in museums of all cultural states of the world, e.g. in the Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin, the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.