New York, Park Avenue
14 November 1996
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
signed and numbered on the left thigh 'A. Rodin No 7', inscribed with foundry mark on the back '.Georges Rudier. .Fondeur.Paris.',
dated on the bottom and back '© by musée Rodin 1963'
bronze with green and black patina
Height: 12¼in. (31cm.)
Original plaster version executed in 1882; this bronze version cast in 1963, number seven in an edition of 12
Musée Rodin, Paris
Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London (acquired by the present owner, 1967)
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G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1927, no. 53 (plaster version illustrated, p. 38)
J.L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, no. 10-2 (another cast illustrated, p. 166)
This sculpture is derived from the Falling Man, which appears in The Gates of Hell. The Falling Man also served as the basis for I am Beautiful, 1882 (also known as The Rape), The Man with a Serpent, 1885, and Two Struggling Figures, also from the mid-1880s. A version of the torso enlarged to 43¼ inches was exhibited at Düsseldorf in 1904 where it was titled Torso Louis XIV, and was later known as Marysas.
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