French Sculpture Census

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

Maker: Perzinka

Balzac, avant-dernière étude pour la tête
Balzac, Penultimate Study for the Head [Museum's Title: Head of Balzac]

modeled 1897
bronze

head
overall: 9 13/16 x 6 7/8 x 6 5/8; object: 7 x 6 7/8 x 6 5/8; base: 2 13/16 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/16
markings at back of neck: L. Perzinka fondeur / Versailles

Acc. No. : 1994.30
Credit Line : Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund

Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Institute of Arts

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Provenance

  • Gift from Rodin to the painter Edmond Aman-Jean (French, 1860-1936)
  • Family of Aman-Jean
  • Collection of the daughter of the grandson of Aman-Jean
  • 1993-1994, Paris, Elstir Gallery, on consigment by the family
  • 1994, Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund

Bibliography

  • 1964 de Caso
    Jacques de Caso, "Rodin and the Cult of Balzac," The Burlington Magazine, vol. 106 June 1964, pp. 279-284
  • 1976 Tancock
    John L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976, pp. 425-459
  • 1981 Elsen
    Albert E. Elsen, ed., Rodin Rediscovered, Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1981, pp. 113, 308
  • 1991 Busco
    Marie Busco, Rodin and his Contemporaries, New York: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1991, pp. 110-115
  • 1998 Le Normand-Romain
    1898 : Le Balzac de Rodin, catalogue d'exposition, sous la direction d’Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Paris, Musée Rodin, 1998, pp. 350-352, Balzac, dernière étude pour la tête, 1897, this copy is mentioned / cet exemplaire est cité p. 351, n°99
  • 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. 177-179, Balzac, avant-dernière étude pour la tête, 1897, cet exemplaire est cité p. 178 : "présentant eux aussi une mèche plus importante, recourbée en avant, derrière l'oreille gauche: fonte Léon Perzinka : Detroit, Institute of Arts, acq. grâce à la Fondation Robert Tannahill, 1994 (H. 25 cm avec la base en marbre jaune [fig.9])"
  • 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. 177-179, Balzac, Penultimate Study for the Head, 1897, this copy is mentioned p. 178: "also showing a thicker lock of hair, curling forward, behind the left ear: cast by Léon Perzinka: Detroit, Institute of Arts, acq. thanks to the Robert Tannahill Foundation, 1994 (H. 25 cm with the yellow marble base) [fig.9]"

Exhibition

  • 1995 Tokyo
    Message 1995. Masterpieces of Modern Art from the Detroit Institute of Arts (exh.cat.), Tokyo, 1995, no. 8