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RODIN, Auguste

Paris 1840 - Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine 1917

Frère et Soeur

Brother and Sister

modeled 1890?

bronze

group

Dimensions (HxWxD): 15 x 7 x 6 14 in.

signed

Acc. No.: 1642

Credit Line: Gift from the estate of Katherine S. Dreier, 1953

Photo credit: The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

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Provenance

  • 1953, Gift from the estate of Katherine S. Dreier

Bibliography

  • Museums' website, 10 June 2015
  • 1985 Phillips
    The Phillips Collection. A Summary Catalogue, Prepared by the staff of the Research Office at The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, 1985, p. 194 no. 1520
  • 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, vol. 1, pp. 376-377, Frère et Soeur, 1890 ?, 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. 376-377, Frère et Soeur, 1890 ?, this bronze not mentioned in this catalogue

Comment

  • Museum's website, 10 June 2015:
    This small bronze statuette explores the delicate relationship between a sister and her baby brother, a variation on the theme of maternal love that appears occasionally in Auguste Rodin’s oeuvre before 1900. His depictions of mother and child during the 1860s and 1870s reflect his training as a commercial decorator in the rococo tradition: ornate heavy drapery envelops the figures, which twist in exaggerated contrapposto. In contrast, the simple composition and complex emotion of Brother and Sister typify Rodin’s mature work. The sculpture’s endearing subject greatly appealed to the French public, and it became one of his most acclaimed and frequently illustrated groups at the turn of the century.
    Most scholars believe that Brother and Sister was created in 1890; more than twenty casts exist, along with marble and plaster versions. Although the number of the Phillips cast is not known, Katherine Dreier (who gave the statuette to The Phillips Collection in 1953) stated that “Rodin personally considered (her statuette) the best of those bronze casts made.”