Head of Sorrow, Small Model (Tête de la Douleur, petit modèle)
Rodin sculpted a head as part of the original clay figure for this work, but it accidently broke off, presumably due to its weight and position leaning over the body. It is a testament to his belief that a work of art need not include the entire human form to realize its full expressive potential that he decided to cast the work in its headless state.
Rodin often encouraged his models to adopt unusual poses such as this one, as opposed to those from the stale repertoire of academic art.
ca. 1882; cast 1956
3 1/8 × 2 3/4 × 3 1/8 in., 0.5 lb. (7.9 × 7 × 7.9 cm) (show scale)
Neck, back edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1956"
Neck, proper left: "A. Rodin'
Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
This item is not on view
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Head of Sorrow, Small Model (Tête de la Douleur, petit modèle), ca. 1882; cast 1956. Bronze, 3 1/8 × 2 3/4 × 3 1/8 in., 0.5 lb. (7.9 × 7 × 7.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 84.75.10. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.75.10_SL1.jpg)
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