Signed top of base to right: A。 Rodin
Foundry mark back of base to left: Alexis。 Rudier/Fondeur。 Paris
Bacchus in the Vat
Signed top of base to right: A. Rodin
Foundry mark back of base to left: Alexis. Rudier/Fondeur. Paris
Made in France, Europe
Modeled 1904; cast 1925
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.
Bronze 23 7/8 x 16 1/2 x 17 inches (60.6 x 41.9 x 43.2 cm)
Currently not on view
Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929
Bacchus—the Roman god of wine—was known for his love of drink, dancing, and revelry. Rodin shows him as a giddy figure falling backward into a pot overflowing with wine. The artist was fascinated by half-human, half-animal figures; the god’s cloven hooves and hairy legs seem to suggest that Bacchus’s rowdy behavior makes him not fully human.