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    Sale 7737

    Impressionist/Modern Day Sale (immediately following Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper)

    24 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 216

    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

    Nijinski, étude

    Price Realised  


    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
    Nijinski, étude
    signed and numbered 'A.Rodin No. 12' (on the front of the left leg); dated and inscribed '© by Musée Rodin 1959' (on the back of the left leg)
    bronze with brown and green patina
    Height: 9¾ in. (24.8 cm.)
    Conceived in 1912 and cast by the Musée Rodin in a numbered edition of thirteen between 1958 and 1959; this bronze version cast in January 1959

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    The Comité Auguste Rodin under the direction of Jérome Le Blay will include this work in their forthcoming Rodin Catalogue critique de l'oeuvre sculpté under the number 2009-2570B.

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    Musée Rodin, Paris.
    Galerie Gérald Cramer, Lausanne, by whom acquired from the above in July 1959.
    Sir Kenneth Clark, London.
    Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London.
    Acquired from the above by the late owner on 30 March 1971.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the dimensions stated in the catalogue include the base. The height of the bronze is 6¾ in. (17 cm.).

    Pre-Lot Text



    J. Cladel, Rodin, sa vie glorieuse, sa vie inconnue, Paris, 1936, pp. 281-284.
    C. Goldscheider, 'Rodin et la danse', in Art de France, Paris, 1963, pp. 330-4 (another cast illustrated).
    A.E. Elsen, Rodin, New York, 1963, p. 220 (another cast illustrated p. 143).
    C. Goldscheider, Rodin, London, 1964 (another cast illustrated pl. 22).
    D. Sutton, Triumphant Satyr - The World of Auguste Rodin, London, 1966 (another cast illustrated on the title page).
    I. Jianou & C. Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967, p. 113.
    R. Descharnes & J.F. Chabrun, Auguste Rodin, Paris, 1967, pp. 256-7 (the plaster cast illustrated).
    R. Buckle, Nijinsky, London, 1971, pp. 243-5.
    A.E. Elsen, Rodin, London, 1974, p. 143 (another cast illustrated). J.L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, p. 45 (another cast illustrated pl. 4).
    P. Jaccottet (ed.), Rainer Maria Rilke, Correspondance (oeuvres III), Paris, 1976, p. 170.
    A.E. Elsen (ed.), Rodin Rediscovered, Washington, 1981, p. 143, no. 334 (another cast illustrated pl. 6.46).
    F.V. Grunfeld, Rodin: A Biography, New York, 1987, pp. 606-7.
    U. Berger, 'Three Sculptors and a Dancer: Nijinsky's Relations with Maillol, Rodin and Kolbe', in Apollo, vol. 156, no. 490, November 2002, pp. 42-9.
    A. Le Normand-Romain, Rodin et le bronze: catalogue des oeuvres conservées au Musée Rodin, vol. II, Paris, 2007, p. 550 (another cast illustrated).