French Sculpture Census

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

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

modèle de 1897, fonte de 1962
bronze patiné brun vert foncé

tête
avec base : 28.5 x 17.7 x 15.2 ; sans base : 10.7 x 11.1 x 11.1
signé derrière la tête, en bas à gauche : A. RODIN

N° d'inv. : MH 2001.6.3
Credit Line : Gift of T. Marc Futter

South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

www.mtholyoke.edu/artmuseum

Historique

  • 2001, don de T. Marc Futter

Bibliographie

  • Collections Database, Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield Museum Consortium (accessed February 14, 2017)
  • 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, dernière étude pour la tête, 1897, cet exemplaire non mentionné dans ce catalogue
  • 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, Final Study for the Head, 1897, this bronze not mentioned in this catalogue
  • 2017 Quinn
    Benjamin Quinn, "Auguste Rodin's Head of Balzac", entry in the online catalogue of A Very Long Engagement: Nineteenth-Century Sculpture and Its Afterlives, South Hadley, MA, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, July 29, 2017-May 27, 2018, accessible online at: http://scalar.usc.edu/works/modernizing-sculpture/auguste-rodins-head-of-balzac

Exposition

  • 2017-2018 South Hadley
    A Very Long Engagement: Nineteenth-Century Sculpture and Its Afterlives, South Hadley, MA, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, July 29, 2017-May 27, 2018

Commentaire



Museum's website, 21 December 2017:
Auguste Rodin’s Monument of Honoré de Balzac, honoring the famous 19th-century French novelist, was highly controversial, to say the least. Standing aghast in front of the full-length plaster model at the Salon exhibition in 1898, Parisian audiences and critics described a head that, bearing the weight of its thoughts, had become deformed, even grotesque. This sculpture was cast in bronze by Georges Rudier nearly fifty years after Rodin’s death from one of the numerous plaster fragments and studies made in preparation for the monument and left behind in the artist’s studio. With its black and green patina, the murky appearance of the surface complements the head’s disturbing lack of symmetry and distortion, giving the composition a sense of putrefaction.
Benjamin Quinn (Class of 2017), University of Massachusetts Amherst
A Very Long Engagement: Nineteenth-Century Sculpture and Its Afterlives (July 29, 2017 - May 27, 2018)