3 February 2004
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
Deux mains superposées
signed 'A Rodin' (on the end of the wrists)
bronze with dark brown patina
Length: 3½ in. (8.9 cm.)
Conceived and cast circa 1890-1900
Louis Latzarus, Paris, a gift from the artist and thence by descent to the present owner.
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Exh. cat., Rodin, les mains, les chirurgiens, Paris, Musée Rodin, November 1983 - January 1984, no. 80 (another cast illustrated).
Louis Latzarus (1878-1942) was an editor at Le Figaro before the First War and then at L'Intransigeant and Rivarol, well-known polemical newspapers in Paris at the beginning of the twentieth century. He was a man of letters, the author of many novels, political editorials and biographies; that of Beaumarchais was particularly famous for its critical spirit and its political maxims.
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