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

Le baiser

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
Le baiser
signed 'Rodin' (below the right figure on the front of the base); inscribed with the foundry mark 'F.BARBEDIENNE, Fondeur FRANCE' (on the left side of the base)
bronze with green and brown patina
Height: 23½ in. (59.7 cm.)
Conceived in 1886, this version cast between 1910 and 1918.
Harold and June Geneene, New York.
A gift from the above to the aunt of the present owner in the late 1960s, and thence by descent.
G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1927, nos. 91-92 (marble version illustrated p. 47).
G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1944, no. 71 (marble version illustrated).
G. Grappe, Le Musée Rodin, Paris, 1947, p. 142 (marble version illustrated pl. 71).
C. Goldscheider, Rodin: sa vie, son oeuvre, son héritage, Paris, 1962 (marble version illustrated).
A.E. Elsen, Rodin, New York, 1963 (another cast illustrated p. 63).
B. Champigneulle, Rodin, London, 1967, nos. 78-79, pp. 157 and 282 (plaster version illustrated)
I. Jianou & C. Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967, p. 100 (marble version illustrated pls. 54 and 55).
R. Descharnes & J.-F. Chabrun, Auguste Rodin, Lausanne, 1967, p. 130 (marble version illustrated p. 131).
C. Goldscheider, Rodin Sculptures, London, 1970, no. 49 (marble version illustrated).
J.L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, pp. 72, 90 and 108 (marble version illustrated p. 77).
J. de Caso & P. Sanders, Rodin's Sculpture: A Critical Study of the Spreckels Collection, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco and Tokyo, 1977, no. 22.
N. Barbier, Marbres de Rodin: collections du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1987, no. 79, pp. 184 and 258 (marble version illustrated p. 185).
A. Le Normand-Romain, Le Baiser de Rodin/The Kiss by Rodin, Paris, 1995 (another cast illustrated).
A. Le Normand-Romain & H. Marraud, Rodin à Meudon: la villa des Brillants, Paris, 1996, pp. 61, 73 and 78.
A. Le Normand-Romain, Rodin, Paris, 1997, pp. 54, 60, 78-79, 144 and 146.
A. Pingeot, 'Rodin au Musée du Luxembourg', in La Revue du Musée d'Orsay, Autumn, 2000, no. 11, pp. 67-70 and 74.
R. Butler, 'Auguste Rodin', in European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century: The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue, Washington D.C. and New York, 2001, pp. 326-330.
A.E. Elsen, Rodin's Art, The Rodin Collection of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University, New York, 2003, pp. 214-215, no. 49 (another cast illustrated).
R. Masson & V. Mattiussi, Rodin, Paris, 2004, p. 40 (marble and terracotta versions illustrated pp. 41-42).
A. Le Normand-Romain, Rodin et le bronze: catalogue des oeuvres conservées au Musée Rodin, vol. I, Paris, 2007 (other casts illustrated pp. 159-162, marble version illustrated p. 163, titled 'Le baiser, réduction no. 4').
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Lot Essay

This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Critique de l'oeuvre Sculpté d'Auguste Rodin currently being prepared by the Comité Auguste Rodin under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay with the archive number 2008-1876B.

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