Description & Technical information

The model of our bronze was designed by Rodin around 1890-1891 in collaboration with Camille Claudel. Rodin commissioned this bronze proof to his founder Alexis Rudier as a present to his friend Auguste Arnault, a politic journalist in April 1903. The archives of the Rodin Museum holds a letter of Auguste Arnault dated June 1903 addressed to Rodin in which the writer expresses his gratitude to the artist, entering his study he found: '(...) a thought from you, a visible and tangible thought, a bronze thought and what a bronze ! My heart not only
thanks you for the wonderful present I've received but also for the affectionate and noble thought that this present expresses.'

Date:  1903
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Bronze with green patina
Signature: Signed and dedicated on the base : À mon ami Auguste Arnault ; A. Rodin. Stamped in relief inside : A.Rodin.

Dimensions: 38.7 x 17 x 18.2 cm (15¹/₄ x 6³/₄ x 7¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Auguste Arnault, Paris, June 1903 (offered by the artist).
Public sale Drouot, Paris, February 13th, 1925, n°29.
Private Collection, France.


Musée Rodin, Catalogue 1931, G. Danthon : Tableaux Anciens et Modernes de Premier Ordre, Oeuvres de Rodin, Paris, other model illustrated under the n°282, p.112.
Edouard Herriot, Rodin, Éditions Jean Marguerat, 1949, other model illustrated p.36.
Jean Charbonneaux, Les sculptures de Rodin, Fernand Hazan, Paris, 1951, other model illustrated p.60.
Antoinette le Normand-Romain, Rodin et le Bronze : Catalogue des oeuvres conservées au Musée Rodin, Tome I, Musée Rodin / RMN, 2007, other models illustrated p.376-377.

This work will be included in the Catalogue Critique de l'oeuvre sculpté d'Auguste Rodin being prepared at
the Brame & Lorenceau Gallery under the direction of Mr Jérôme Le Blay. Attestation of inculsion dated June 25th 2014.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints