Past exhibitions: Homage to Auguste Rodin (Winter 2017): Le Créateur

Auguste RODIN (1840-1917)Bronze 41 x 36,9 x 13,5 cmCast in 1984 by Fonderie de Coubertin, ParisInscribed ‘A. Rodin’, © by Musée Rodin and numbered Ed. 7/8, one of the eight examples in Arabic numerals, dated and stamped with foundry markPROVENANCEMusée Rodin, ParisOTHER BRONZE CASTS Tokyo, National Museum of Western ArtLos Angeles, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor FoundationAUTHENTICATIONA certificate of authenticity, signed by the Director of the Musée Rodin, is given to every purchaser of an original bronze by Auguste Rodin.This work will be included in the forthcoming Auguste Rodin catalogue critique de l’oeuvre sculpté currently being prepared by the Comité Auguste Rodin at Galerie Brame et Lorenceau under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay.NOTESWe are indebted to the Musée Rodin for the following:This relief, portraying a spirit whispering ideas into the artist's ear, has always been viewed as a symbolic representation of Rodin. The resemblance is in fact remarkable. Placed within the right-hand jamb of La Porte de l’Enfer, at the very bottom, this relief has been viewed as a kind of signature, like those left by the master-craftsmen of the Middle Ages. Lorenzo Ghiberti inserted his own self-portrait on the doors of the Baptistery in Florence, the main source of inspiration for La Porte de l’Enfer. Rodin also deeply admired Romanesque and Gothic art and, like his predecessors, was determined to use the available space as fully as possible. In this work, the figure is designed with creativity worthy of the artists of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, to fit it into the rectangular space allotted to it. Although Rodin talked about artistic technique as a form of craftsmanship, the act of creation was always a mystery to him, and this little female figure whispering inspiration into the sculptor's ear is a representation that occurs several times in his work. In 1894-1895, this composition was remodeled in the round and entitled Le Sculpteur et sa Muse.
Le Créateur, Before 1890

 

Auguste RODIN (1840-1917) 

Bronze  

41 x 36,9 x 13,5 cm 

Cast in 1984 by Fonderie de Coubertin, Paris 

Inscribed ‘A. Rodin’, © by Musée Rodin and numbered Ed. 7/8, one of the eight examples in Arabic numerals, dated and stamped with foundry mark 

PROVENANCE 

Musée Rodin, Paris 

OTHER BRONZE CASTS  

Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art 

Los Angeles, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation 

AUTHENTICATION 

A certificate of authenticity, signed by the Director of the Musée Rodin, is given to every purchaser of an original bronze by Auguste Rodin. 

This work will be included in the forthcoming Auguste Rodin catalogue critique de l’oeuvre sculpté currently being prepared by the Comité Auguste Rodin at Galerie Brame et Lorenceau under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay. 

NOTES 

We are indebted to the Musée Rodin for the following: 

This relief, portraying a spirit whispering ideas into the artist's ear, has always been viewed as a symbolic representation of Rodin. The resemblance is in fact remarkable. Placed within the right-hand jamb of La Porte de l’Enfer, at the very bottom, this relief has been viewed as a kind of signature, like those left by the master-craftsmen of the Middle Ages. Lorenzo Ghiberti inserted his own self-portrait on the doors of the Baptistery in Florence, the main source of inspiration for La Porte de l’Enfer. Rodin also deeply admired Romanesque and Gothic art and, like his predecessors, was determined to use the available space as fully as possible. In this work, the figure is designed with creativity worthy of the artists of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, to fit it into the rectangular space allotted to it. Although Rodin talked about artistic technique as a form of craftsmanship, the act of creation was always a mystery to him, and this little female figure whispering inspiration into the sculptor's ear is a representation that occurs several times in his work. In 1894-1895, this composition was remodeled in the round and entitled Le Sculpteur et sa Muse.