Christina Buley-Uribe will include this drawing in her forthcoming Auguste Rodin Catalogue raisonné des dessins et peintures.
Figure ailée (Winged Figure) comes from a series of studies Rodin completed on characters flying towards space, which he then bound together in carnets I, II and III, now held in the Musée Rodin, Paris. At the beginning of the 1880s, Rodin began multiple studies of these characters in space for his famous door project, La Porte de l'Enfer, imagining them flying out of the door in to the air; a metaphor for the souls and shadows described in the underworld in Dante’s ‘Inferno’. The sketches were titled; Ombre (Shadows), Anges (Angels), Demon dans l’espace (Demons in Space), Mercure volant (Mercury Flying) and so forth, and Figure ailée is undoubtedly another from this series. It is also very closely related to the drawings Rodin had selected for the publication in 1897 of ‘l’Album Goupil’ (for example, l’Ombre, pl. 73 & L’Ange et Jacob, pl. 67).