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Pierre de Wiessant, Type B Head (Pierre de Wissant, tête Type B)

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Bronze
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1885 or 1886; cast before 1952
    DIMENSIONS 11 1/4 × 8 1/2 × 9 in., 11 lb. (28.6 × 21.6 × 22.9 cm)
    MARKINGS Back of neck: ".Alexis Rudier./.Fondeur. Paris."
    SIGNATURE Neck, proper left: "A. Rodin"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 84.77.9
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor
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