Signed top of base, lower right: A. Rodin Foundry mark rear of base to right: Alexis Rudier/Fondeur. Paris
Signed top of base, lower right: A。 Rodin Foundry mark rear of base to right: Alexis Rudier/Fondeur。 ParisMade in France, Europe
Modeled 1897; cast 1925
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917。 Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952。
* Rodin Museum, Northwest Gallery
F1929-7-67Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929
After eight years of work on his Balzac monument Rodin presented it publicly for the first time at the Paris Salon of 1898. Perhaps anticipating that public response to it would be critical, he displayed it alongside a marble version of The Kiss, an established crowd favorite.
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