Hand of Rodin With Torso
Several weeks before Rodin’s death, in 1917, one of his assistants made a life cast of his right hand at the request of the man who would become the first curator of the Musée Rodin in Paris. It is not known whose idea it was to create the present composite work by placing within this hand one of Rodin’s tiny modeled female torsos, which probably dates from the 1880s (when he created many similar figures for The Gates of Hell). The composition is consistent with other works by Rodin in which a hand cradles a human form, and it resonates as well with the sculptor’s documented belief in an artist’s godlike ability to create life and beauty in human form.
1917, cast 1971
6 3/4 × 9 1/4 × 5 in. (17.1 × 23.5 × 12.7 cm)
mount (dimensions as installed): 7 × 4 × 9 1/2 in. (17.8 × 10.2 × 24.1 cm)
Top edge of wrist: ".Georges Rudier./.Fondeur. Paris."
Copyright mark--Top edge of wrist: "© by Musée Rodin 1971"
Inside of wrist: "A. Rodin'
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Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
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