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Omer Dewavrin

European Art

Had it not been for the firm support of this sitter, Rodin’s monument to the burghers of Calais might never have existed. Omer Dewavrin served as mayor of Calais and as president of the monument committee. In this capacity in 1884 he advocated that Rodin be selected to create the monument. Forthright, unidealized, and focused on character, the bust exemplifies naturalist nineteenth-century portraiture.
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1885; cast 1979
    DIMENSIONS 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 5 7/8 in. (24.8 x 19.1 x 14.9 cm)
    MARKINGS Back of collar: ".Georges Rudier./.Fondeur. Paris." Copyright mark: "© by Musée Rodin 1979"
    SIGNATURE Proper left shoulder: "A. Rodin"
    INSCRIPTIONS Back of collar: "No 6"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    EDITION Edition: 6/12
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
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