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 1897, fonte avant 1908
bronze

tête
16.5 x 20.9 x 18.1
à l'arrière en bas, dans le coin gauche : A. Rodin
étiquette à l'intérieur : MFA / Simpson

N° d'inv. : 1942.5.14
Credit Line : Gift of Mrs. John W. Simpson

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, The National Gallery of Art

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Historique

  • 1903, acquis auprès de l'artiste par M. et Mme John W. Simpson, New York
  • 1942, don à la NGA

Bibliographie

  • 1898 Alexandre
    Arsène Alexandre, Le Balzac de Rodin, Paris, 1898
  • 1899 Ferry
    Gabriel Ferry, "La statue de Balzac.", Le Monde Moderne 10, 1899, p. 641ff
  • 1927 Grappe
    Georges Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1927, p. 77-78
  • 1934 Morhardt
    Mathias Morhardt, "La bataille du Balzac.", Mercure de France, 15 December 1934, p. 463-489
  • 1936 Cladel
    Judith Cladel, Rodin: sa vie glorieuse, sa vie inconnue, Paris, 1936, p. 182-224
  • 1944 Grappe
    Georges Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, 5th ed. Paris, 1944, p. 98-99
  • 1952 Goldscheider
    Cécile Goldscheider, "La Genèse d'une oeuvre: La Balzac de Rodin.", La Revue des Arts 1, 1952, p. 37-44
  • 1964 de Caso
    Jacques de Caso, "Rodin and the Cult of Balzac.", The Burlington Magazine 106, 1964, p. 279-284
  • 1965 NGA Washington
    Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965, p. 168
  • 1967 Spear
    Athena Tacha Spear, Rodin Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 1967, p. 9-30, 91-93
  • 1967 Descharnes and Chabrun
    Robert Descharnes, and Jean-François Chabrun, Auguste Rodin, Lausanne, 1967, p. 164-175
  • 1968 NGA Washington
    European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968, p. 148, repro.
  • 1973 Elsen
    Albert E. Elsen, Stephen C. McGough, and Steven H. Wander, Rodin & Balzac, Beverly Hills, 1973
  • 1976 Tancock
    John Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, p. 425-459
  • 1977 de Caso and Sanders
    Jacques de Caso, and Patricia B. Sanders, Rodin's Sculpture: A Critical Study of the Spreckels Collection, San Francisco, 1977, p. 237-241
  • 1986 Lampert
    Catherine Lampert, Rodin: Sculpture & Drawings, Exh. cat. Hayward Gallery, London, 1986, p. 126-129
  • 1988 Beausire
    Alain Beausire, Quand Rodin Exposait, Paris, 1988, p. 208, 210, 218, 219, 235, 242, 245, 253, 273, 315
  • 1993 Butler
    Ruth Butler, Rodin. The Shape of Genius, New Haven and London, 1993, p. 252-256, 285-294, 299-305, 315-329
  • 1994 NGA Sculpture Catalogue
    Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, p. 203, repro.
  • 1998 Porter and Lacasse
    John R. Porter and Yves Lacasse, Rodin à Québec, Quebec, 1998, p. 113-119
  • 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
  • 2000 Butler and Lindsay
    Ruth Butler, and Suzanne Glover Lindsay, with Alison Luchs, Douglas Lewis, Cynthia J. Mills, and Jeffrey Weidman. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000, p. 360-363, color repro.
  • 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 est cité p. 177 : "Sans marque de fondeur : [...] Washington, National Gallery of Art, don Mrs Simpson, 1942 (acq. avant 1908)"
  • 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 copy is mentioned p. 177: "No foundry mark: [...] Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, gift of Mrs Simpson, 1942 (acq. before 1908)"

Exposition

  • 1908 Boston
    Renaissance and Modern Bronzes, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1908, no. 167
  • 1946 Washington
    Rodin: Sculpture, Drawings, Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1946, no. 10
  • 1965 Washington
    Wax Sculptures by Degas, Sculptures and Drawings by Rodin, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1965-1966
  • 1974 Washington
    Nineteenth-Century Sculpture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1974, unnumbered checklist.