AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917)
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Idylle d'Ixelles, petit modèle

AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917)
Idylle d'Ixelles, petit modèle
signed 'Rodin' (on the top of the base)
bronze with brown patina
Height: 10 ¾ in. (26.2 cm.)
Conceived circa 1874-1876; this bronze cast circa 1885-1900
Maurice Dupuy, Neuilly-sur-Seine (acquired between 1930-1950, then by descent); sale, Christie's, New York, 5 May 2005, lot 224.
Acquired at the above sale by Arnold and Anne Ulnick Gumowitz.

This work will be included in the forthcoming Auguste Rodin catalogue critique de l'oeuvre sculpté currently being prepared by the Comité Rodin under the archive number 2003V363B.
G. Grappe, Le Musée Rodin, Paris, 1947, p. 140 (plaster version illustrated, pl. 33; dated 1876).
R. Descharnes and J.-F. Chabrun, Auguste Rodin, Lausanne, 1967, p. 50 (large bronze version illustrated in color, p. 51; dated 1876).
I. Jianou and C. Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967, p. 86.
L. Ambrosini and M. Facos, Rodin, The Cantor Gift to the Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1987, no. 9 (large bronze version illustrated, p. 59).
F. V. Grunfeld, Rodin: A Biography, New York, 1987, pp. 86 and 201.
C. Goldscheider, Auguste Rodin: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre sculpté, Paris, 1989, vol. I, p. 82, no. 62b (large bronze and marble versions illustrated, p. 83; dated 1885).
A.E. Elsen, Rodin's Art: The Rodin Collection of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, New York, 2003, p. 493, no. 147 (large bronze version illustrated).
A. Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue of Works in the Musée Rodin, Paris, 2007, vol. II, p. 450, no. S. 978 (other casts illustrated; dated 1883-1884).

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Lot Essay

The present subject, eponymous of the Brussels neighborhood where Rodin lived between 1871 and 1877, shows two young children in an embrace—a baby boy is holding on to a winged standing little girl with outstretched arms. The sentimentality and delicate handling of the subject recall the fashionable 18th-century style sculptures of the period.
This cast is the only known example of Idylle d'Ixelles in this size. There is a large version measuring 22 in. (55.9 cm.) in height.

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