Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
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Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

La jeunesse triomphante

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
La jeunesse triomphante
signed 'A Rodin' (on the front of the base); numbered and stamped with the foundry mark '19eme Epreuve Thiébaut Fres Paris Fumière et Cie Sucrs' and stamped with a French export mark 'Unis France' (on the side of the base)
bronze with dark brown patina
Height: 20½in. (52.1cm.)
Conceived in 1894; this bronze version cast between 1898 and 1918 in an edition of 39
Anon. sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 24 November 1988, lot 22.
L. Maillard, Auguste Rodin, Statuaire: Etudes sur quelques artistes originaux, Paris, 1899, p. 141 (the plaster version illustrated).
G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1944, no. 270 (the plaster version illustrated).
I. Jianou & C. Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967, p. 106.
J.L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, pp. 225-226, no. 26 (another cast illustrated p. 227).
J. de Caso & P.B. Sanders, Rodin's Sculpture, A Critical Study of the Spreckels Collection, San Francisco, 1977, no. 3 (another cast illustrated).
A.E. Elsen, In Rodin's Studio, Oxford, 1980, pp. 171-172, no. 50 (the plaster version illustrated).
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Lot Essay

La jeunesse triomphante was first exhibited at the Salon of 1896 and has been variously known as Fate and the Convalescent and The Grandmother's Kiss. According to John Tancock, La jeunesse triomphante 'is a combination of two figures originally conceived separately. The seated female figure is that of The Helmet-Maker's Wife while the figure of the young girl, probably...a reject from the Gates of Hell, is used in a number of other compositions. In the work known as Aescelpius, the young girl is held in the arms of a male figure while, together with another nude and enlarged, she is used in the work known as The Earth and the Moon' (op. cit., p. 225).

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