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RODIN, Auguste
Paris 1840 - Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine 1917

Maker: Rudier, Georges

Balzac en robe de moine
Balzac in a Monk's Habit

modeled c. 1893, cast 1971
bronze 1/12

statue
41 7/8 x 19 3/4 x 15 1/2
signature on the hem of robe, proper left: A. Rodin N°1
back, bottom edge of base: .Georges Rudier. / .Fondeur.Paris.
base, bottom edge, proper left: © by Musée Rodin 1971

Acc. No. : 84.75.22
Credit Line : Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

New York, New York, Brooklyn Museum

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Provenance

  • 1984, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

Bibliography

  • Museum's website (June 21, 2016)
  • 1998 Le Normand-Romain
    1898 : Le Balzac de Rodin, catalogue d'exposition, sous la direction d’Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Paris, Musée Rodin, 1998, p. 300-301, Balzac en robe de moine, vers 1893, this copy is mentioned / cet exemplaire est cité p.300, n°49
  • 2007 Le Normand-Romain (français)
    Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, avec la collaboration d'Hélène Marraud et Diane Tytgat, introductions par Dr. Ruth Butler et Mr. Régis Cusinberche, Les Bronzes de Rodin. Catalogue des œuvres au Musée Rodin, 2 volumes, Paris, Musée Rodin / Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 171-172, Balzac en robe de moine, vers 1893, cet exemplaire est cité p. 172 : "fonte Georges Rudier, entre 1971 et 1983 [...] : n°1, © 1971, Brooklyn Museum of Art, don Cantor Foundation, 1984"
  • 2007 Le Normand-Romain (English)
    Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, with the collaboration of Hélène Marraud and Diane Tytgat, introductions by Dr. Ruth Butler and Mr. Régis Cusinberche, The Bronzes of Rodin. Catalogue of works in the Musée Rodin, 2 volumes, English version, Paris, Musée Rodin / Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 171-172, Balzac in a Monk's Habit, c. 1893, this copy is mentioned p. 172: "twelve casts by Georges Rudier, between 1971 and 1983 [...]: no.1, © 1971, Brooklyn Museum of Art, gift of Cantor Foundation, 1984"

Comment



Museum's website, June 21, 2016
Rodin experimented with two costume possibilities for the Balzac monument: the suit worn by the writer in daily public life and the Dominican robe he wore when he worked at home at night. That robe is seen in the final monument. The writer stands here before a stack of books and manuscripts, the materials of his art