Feb 28, 2019
Artworks in Arcadja2342
Some works of Auguste RodinExtracted between 2,342 works in the catalog of Arcadja
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Nu feminin assis se tenant le pied gauche dit aussi 《Etude pour Devant la Mer》 Auguste RODIN conceived in 1907 / casted in 1972, bronze with brown patina, H11.3x14.5x9.5cm (including pedestal), ed. (13), inscribed 《A. Rodin No.6》 with a foundry mark 《E. GODARD Fond》 on the lower side, stamped 《 (c) BY MUSEE Rodin 1972》 on the lower back, with a box. This work will be included in the forthcoming Auguste Rodin catalogue critique de l'oeuvre sculpte currently being prepared by the Comite Auguste Rodin at Galerie Brame et Lorenceau under the direction of Jerome Le Blay. Provenance : Musee Rodin, Paris. Mr. B. Gerald Cantor, California, 1972, acquired from the above. Sotheby's N.Y., May 21, 1981.
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AUGUSTE RODIN Victor Hugo, de trois quarts. Drypoint, 1885. 200x147 mm; 9x5 3/4 inches, wide margins. Third state (of 8), before the removal of the monogram and still with the smaller "sketch" heads below. Signed and dedicated to artist and financier Gustav Natorp in pen and brown ink, lower right. A superb impression of this very scarce, early proof. Natorp (1884-1888) made his fortune in Boston banking in the mid-1800s. He discovered his passion for art and sculpture late in life, becoming both a student of Rodin and a collector of his art. Delteil 6.
Auction: Christie's -Feb 28, 2019 - LondonLot number: 425
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Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) Petite Ombre se coiffant signed \‘A.Rodin\’ and with the foundry mark \‘Georges Rudier Fondeur Paris\’ (on the back); with the raised signature 'A.Rodin' (on the inside) bronze with dark brown and green patina Height: 6 5/8 in. (16.7 cm.) Length: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) Conceived in 1888-1890; cast in an edition of 12 by the Georges Rudier foundry between 1953 and 1972 plus one for the Musée Rodin collection; this example among the first cast in 1953. Provenance Musée Rodin, Paris. Maurice Lefebvre-Foinet, Paris, by whom acquired from the above in March 1955. Curt Valentin, New York, by whom acquired from the above. Private collection, United States. Charles Wolfson, United States. Anonymous sale, Christie's, New York, 25 February 1992, lot 25. Private collection, Germany, by whom acquired at the above sale, and thence by descent to the present owner.
Auction: Bonhams -Feb 28, 2019 - LondonLot number: 6
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AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917) Age d'airain, petit modèle dit aussi 2ème réduction signed 'Rodin' (on the base), inscribed with the foundry mark 'Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris' (to the verso) and stamped with the raised signature 'A. Rodin' (on the inside of the base) bronze with black-brown patina 64.5 cm (25 3/8in). high Conceived between 1875 - 1877, this reduction from November 1904. This bronze version cast by the Alexis Rudier Foundry between 1935 - 1945. Footnotes This work will be included in the forthcoming Auguste Rodin catalogue critique de l'oeuvre sculpté currently being prepared by the Comité Auguste Rodin at Galerie Brame & Lorenceau under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay. Provenance (Possibly) Marcel Cachin Collection, Paris. Charles & Colette Cachin Collection, Paris (in the 1950s). Olivier Ferrer-Cachin Collection, London (by descent from the above). Thence by descent to the present owners. Literature G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1929 (plaster version illustrated p. 31) M. Aubert, Rodin Sculptures, Paris, 1952 (another cast illustrated pl. 11). C. Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1962 (another cast illustrated pp. 54 - 55). A. E. Elsen, Rodin, New York, 1963 (another cast illustrated p. 20) I. Jianou & C. Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967 (other casts illustrated pls. 6 & 7) R. Descharnes & J.-F. Chabrun, Auguste Rodin, London, 1967 (larger cast illustrated p. 53 & plaster version illustrated p. 54). J. L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, The Collection of the Rodin Museum Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 1976, pl. 64 (larger cast illustrated pp. 343 & 345). C. Goldscheider, Auguste Rodin, catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre sculpté, Vol. 1, 1840 - 1886, Paris, 1989, no. 95d (other casts illustrated pp. 114, 115 & 117). I. Ross & A. Snow (eds.) in association with The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, Rodin, A Magnificent Obsession, London, 2001, no. 17 (another cast illustrated p. 28). A. Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue of works in the Musée Rodin, Vol. 1, Paris, 2007 (plaster version and other casts illustrated pp. 121 - 128). Age d'airain is a work of unprecedented importance within the oeuvre of Auguste Rodin. It transformed European sculpture and truly set the artist on his path as the father of modern sculpture. Initially causing huge controversy through its unfathomable perfection, critics soon realised the importance of both the sculpture and indeed its author. With versions of the figure in major public collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and of course the Musée Rodin in Paris, it is undeniable how key this work is to our appreciation of sculpture as a medium. Rodin began his work on Age d'airain in Brussels after an inspirational trip to Italy in 1876, where his exposure to the Florentine masters Donatello and Michelangelo had a profound effect on him, particularly Michelangelo's Dying Slave with which we can draw a clear comparison with Age d'airain. His chosen model was Auguste Neyt, a Belgian soldier, and not a professional model. It was through his form that Rodin sought a raw naturality in place of an exaggerated pose. This is an early example of Rodin's desire to strip away the narrative of myth and allegory from academic sculpture and to explore the natural elements of the human form. He dismissed the gods and muses of Neo-Classical tradition and focused on the distinctly human characteristics of psychology and physicality, making his surfaces rougher and more unfinished in contrast to the polished idealised figures of his predecessors like Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belluese. As a naturalist, Rodin was more concerned with character, emotion and movement: it is this appreciation for the subtlety of movement that perhaps stems from the influence of his teacher Antoine-Louis Barye, who paid great attention to the details of animals in motion. Auguste Neyt provided a figure that offered Rodin the chance to depict both an outer physicality as well as the inner emotional conflict of the modern man. Age d'airain recalled an early era in the history of humankind, a suspended moment of self-awareness and human awakening. It possesses a mastery of light, form and shadow, with rugged textured surfaces, all of which add to the work's startlingly realistic presence. After its unveiling at the Salon in Paris in 1877, the perfect realism of Age d'airain caused many critics to believe it was in fact a surmoulage, cast directly from the body of the model. Whilst fighting to deny these allegations, Rodin's notoriety was in fact boosted by the affair and it eventually led to the French government both purchasing a version of the work, in addition to commissioning La porte de l'enfer in 1880 - one of Rodin's most celebrated works. We can see the true precision of the Age d'airain from the photograph of Neyt, taken by Gaudenzio Marconi, a prolific photographer of nudes. Through studying this image, Rodin's masterful execution of the sculpture is only emphasized and his brilliance in capturing the human profile reinforced. Auguste Rodin's combination of a boldly modern approach to form and finish, whilst maintaining a respect for sculptural tradition through his focus on the human form, is as remarkable today as it was during his lifetime. His sculptures are still revered for their beauty, emotional power and technical brilliance, with Age d'airain considered amongst his finest work. As one of Rodin's earlier works and the catalyst of his international renown, there is no denying its pivotal importance.
Auction: Christie's -Feb 27, 2019 - LondonLot number: 31
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Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) Le Penseur, petit modèle signed and stamped with the foundry mark 'A. Rodin Alexis RUDIER. Fondeur. PARIS.' (on the base); with the raised signature 'A. Rodin' (on the inside of the base) bronze with green and brown patina Height: 14 7/8 in. (37.7 cm.) Conceived in 1881-1882; this example cast by Alexis Rudier between 1920-1930 Provenance Private collection, Japan, by whom acquired before 1970, and thence by descent; sale, Christie's, London, 25 June 2003, lot 106. Acquired at the above sale; sold, Christie's, New York, 4 November 2004, lot 219. Halcyon Gallery, London. Acquired from the above by the present owner.