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AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917)
AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917)

Cariatide tombée portant sa pierre

AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917) Cariatide tombée portant sa pierre
signed 'Rodin' (on the right side of the base); stamped with foundry mark 'Cire Perdue/A.A. Hébrard' (on the back of the base)
bronze with brown and green patina
Height: 17 3/8 in. (44.2 cm.)
Conceived circa 1881; this bronze version cast between 1902-1905
Acquired by the family of the previous owner, by 1920 (Paris).
G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1944, p. 35, no. 36 (another cast illustrated).
G. Grappe, Le Musée Rodin, Monaco, 1947, p. 141, no. 43 (another cast illustrated, p. 43).
J.-F. Chabrun and R. Descharnes, Auguste Rodin, Lausanne, 1967, p. 80 (another cast illustrated; dated prior to 1881).
B. Champigneulle, Rodin, London, 1967, p. 281, no. 56 (another cast illustrated, p. 134).
C. Goldscheider and I. Jianou, Rodin, Paris, 1967, p. 88 (dated 1881).
L. Goldscheider, Rodin Sculptures, London, 1970, no. 20 (another cast illustrated).
J.L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, pp. 51-53 (other casts illustrated, figs. 22-26).
A.E. Elsen, In Rodin's Studio: A Photographic Record of Sculpture in the Making, Oxford, 1980, p. 168, nos. 34-35 (another cast illustrated).
M. Busco, Rodin and His Contemporaries, The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collection, New York, 1991, p. 222 (another cast illustrated).

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The original composition of Caryatide tombée portant sa pierre was conceived in 1881 as an element at the top of the left pilaster of La porte d'enfer, where it crouches under folds of drapery from above. It proved to be highly popular, and in January 1894 Mme. Dumon commissioned the first variant, an example in stone. In total, four examples were carried out between 1894 and 1907, in addition to which Rodin simultaneously conceived another version of this caryatid composition, Caryatide tombie portant son urne.

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