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RODIN, Auguste


Paris 1840 - Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine 1917

GRÉBER, Henri

Beauvais, Oise 1855 - Paris 1941

Le Baiser

The Kiss [Museum's Title: Copy of Rodin's The Kiss]

1929 copy from a model 1881-1882

marble

group

Dimensions (HxWxD): 72 x 46 x 48; weight: 5500 lb

on the back: A Rodin / Paris 1929 / H. Gréber SC / Replica

Acc. No.: F1929-7-62

Credit Line: Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929

Photo credit: Rodin Museum, Philadelphia

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Provenance

  • 1926, 30 August, Jules Mastbaum wrote to the Musée Rodin, Paris, resquesting permission to have a replica of The Kiss made for the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia by the sculptor Henri Gréber
  • 1926, November 16, Permission was granted by Georges Grappe, Curator of the Musée Rodin, but it was dependent on (unspecified) conditions which had previously been agreed upon
  • 1928, the marble was ordered and rights paid to the Musée Rodin for the piece
  • 1929, May, payments were completed
  • 1929, bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, December 2014
  • 1929 Watkins
    Fridolyn G. Watkins, Rodin Museum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Rodin Museum, 1929, p. 18 no. 62
  • 1976 Tancock
    John L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin: The Collection of the Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, David R. Godine, 1976, p. 90, 108
  • 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.158-163, Le Baiser, 1882, cet exemplaire est cité p. 160 : "Grand modèle, marbre, copie, 1929 : Philadelphie, Rodin Museum, commandée par Jules Mastbaum, exécutée par Henri Gréber"
  • 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.158-163, The Kiss, 1882, this copy is mentioned p. 160: "Large version, marble, copy, 1929: Philadelphia, Rodin Museum, commissioned by Jules Mastbaum, carved by Henri Gréber"
  • 2017 Blanchetière
    François Blanchetière, L’Enfer selon Rodin, éditions du musée Rodin, édition Norma, Paris, 2017, cat. 24

Comment

  • Museum's website, 22 December 2014:
    Jules Mastbaum, the founder of the Rodin Museum, selected this work for placement in the main gallery of the Museum, describing it as “perhaps the finest group in marble by Rodin.” The Musée Rodin in Paris granted Mastbaum permission to have a posthumous replica carved of the artist’s famous embracing couple, which was first conceived for The Gates of Hell (Philadelphia Museum of Art, F1929-7-128).