Despair, Known as Despair from the Gates (Le Désespoir dit de la Porte)
This small female figure pulling one foot up to meet her bowed head appears three times in the right panel of The Gates of Hell. Her acrobatic pose reflects Rodin’s interest in dance, as well as his desire to capture expressive postures not typically seen in academic sculpture.
1880-1889, cast 1959
7 1/4 × 3 1/2 × 3 3/4 in., 2 lb. (18.4 × 8.9 × 9.5 cm, 0.91kg) (show scale)
Back, proper right, bottom: "Georges Rudier/Fondeur. Paris"
Back, bottom: "© by Musée Rodin 1959"
Proper left, bottom: "A. Rodin"
Interior, stamped in raised letters: "A. Rodin"
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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Despair, Known as Despair from the Gates (Le Désespoir dit de la Porte), 1880-1889, cast 1959. Bronze, 7 1/4 × 3 1/2 × 3 3/4 in., 2 lb. (18.4 × 8.9 × 9.5 cm, 0.91kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 84.75.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.75.2_PS2.jpg)
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