Pierre de Wiessant, Type B Head (Pierre de Wissant, tête Type B)
Rodin executed several differently sized heads in preparation for the final version of Pierre de Wiessant. This variant was his ultimate choice for the head and is identical to it in size.
The rough contours and the knuckle impression at the top of the nose are evidence of the artist’s forceful manipulation of the clay model. For Rodin, this undulating surface manifested his subject’s inner psychological turbulence: ‘‘I have always tried to express interior feelings through the mobility of the muscles.’’ He allowed this emotional realism to coexist with clear evidence of the sculpture’s manufacture: The seams of the casting process remain visible on its surface.
1885 or 1886; cast before 1952
11 1/4 × 8 1/2 × 9 in., 11 lb. (28.6 × 21.6 × 22.9 cm)
Back of neck: ".Alexis Rudier./.Fondeur. Paris."
Neck, proper left: "A. Rodin"
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Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor
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