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The Fallen Angel, or Illusions Received by the Earth (La Chute d'un ange, ou Les Illusions re├žues par la Terre)

European Art

Like Bacchantes Embracing and Damned Women (both on view nearby), this work presents a scene of lovemaking between two women, with a title that transports the figures to a time or place removed from the viewer’s own. The Fallen Angel appears set in a world of allegory, with the crouching woman, perhaps symbolizing the earthly realm, drawing the winged female into a gentle embrace. Both figures seem to emerge organically from the ground.
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES by 1900; cast before 1952
    DIMENSIONS 20 1/2 x 32 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (52.1 x 83.2 x 56.5 cm)
    MARKINGS Lower edge, long side with seated figure's left knee: "ALEXIS RUDIER./FONDEUR. PARIS."
    SIGNATURE Top of base near feathers on side with pointing hand: "A. Rodin"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    STATE 2nd State
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor
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