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RODIN, Auguste

Paris 1840 - Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine 1917

BERTAULT, Amédée


Amédée Bertault is the author of the life-cast of Rodin's hand.

Main de Rodin tenant un torse féminin

Hand of Rodin Holding a Female Torso [Museum's Title: The Hand of Rodin]

modeled c. 1917

plaster cast shellaced

fragment

Dimensions (HxWxD): 6 x 9 in.

inscribed, scratched on bottom of wrist: LA MAIN DE / RODIN / A / Malvina Hoffman / 1919

Acc. No.: 66.247.6

Credit Line: Bequest of Malvina C. Hoffman, 1966

Photo credit: www.metmuseum.org, August 19, 2011

© Artist:


Provenance

  • Gift of Rodin to Malvina Hoffman (according to her accounts), or:
  • 1919, Gift of Léonce Bénédite, curator of the Musée Rodin in Paris, to Malvina Hoffman
  • 1966, Bequest of Malvina Hoffman

Bibliography

  • 1927 Grappe
    Georges Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, Paris, 1927, p. 119 (another plaster cast called in caption, a cast of the hand of Rodin made three weeks before his death)
  • 1967 Descharnes and Chabrun
    Robert Descharnes and Jean-François Chabrun, Auguste Rodin, translated by Edita Lausanne, New York, 1967, p. 270 (caption to pl. on p. 271, noting: "Cast of Rodin's hand, here reproduced life-size. It was executed by Amédée Bertault, three weeks before the sculptor's death."), 271 (plaster cast showing coat of shellac similar to that on Metropolitan example)
  • 1981 Vincent
    Clare Vincent, "Rodin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art", The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Spring 1981, reprinted separately 1981, p. 41 no. 51
  • 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, Rodin et le bronze. Catalogue des œuvres conservées au musée Rodin, 2 volumes, Paris, Musée Rodin / Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2007, œuvre non listée dans ce catalogue mais citée p. 501 : "New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, don Mavina Hoffman, 1966"
  • 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, work not listed in this catalogue but mentioned p. 501: "New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of Mavina Hoffman, 1966"

Related works

  • Museum's file:
    Another paster cast in the Musée Rodin, Paris.
    One bronze by Rudier, L. 9 in., see sale catalogue Catalogue of Impressionist and Modern Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture, London, Christie, Manson and Woods, December 12, 1969, no. 90.