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Inscription

on left side of base near left foot: Rodin; cachet in raised letters on inside of left foot: A. Rodin

Provenance

Purchased 1905 from the artist by Mr. and Mrs. John W. Simpson, New York; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1908
Renaissance and Modern Bronzes, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1908, no. 162, as "Age d'Airain".
1946
Rodin: Sculpture, Drawings, Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1946, no. 9.
1965
Wax Sculptures by Degas, Sculptures and Drawings by Rodin, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1965-1966, no cat.
1974
Nineteenth-Century Sculpture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1974, unnumbered checklist.
Bibliography
1877
"Chronique de la Ville." L'Etoile belge (29 January and 3 February 1877).
1877
Rousseau, Jean. "Revue des Arts." Echo du Parlement (11 April 1877).
1877
Tardieu, Charles. "Le Salon de Paris--1877--La Sculpture." L'Art 3 (1877): 108.
1877
Timbal, Charles. "La Sculpture au Salon." Gazette des Beaux-Arts (16 July 1877): 42-43.
1889
Bartlett, Truman H. "Auguste Rodin, Sculptor." American Architect and Building News (19 January-15 June 1889): 65, 99-100, 283-284.
1922
Neyt, Auguste. Grand Artistique (April 1922).
1936
Cladel, Judith. Rodin: sa vie glorieuse, sa vie inconnue. Paris, 1936: 108, 114-121.
1944
Grappe, Georges. Catalogue du Musée Rodin. 5th ed. Paris, 1944: 15-16.
1945
Waldemann, Emil. Auguste Rodin. Vienna, 1945: 22, 73.
1949
Seymour, Charles. Masterpieces of Sculpture from the National Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1949: 184, note 56, repro. 168.
1951
Pope-Hennessy, John. 'Review: Masterpieces of Sculpture from the National Gallery of Art by Charles Seymour." The Burlington Magazine 93, 576 (March 1951): 98.
1959
Alley, Ronald. Tate Gallery Catalogues. The Foreign Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture. London, 1959: 210-211.
1963
Elsen, Albert E. Rodin. New York, 1963: 20-26.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 168.
1967
Descharnes, Robert, and Jean-François Chabrun. Auguste Rodin. Lausanne, 1967: 52-54.
1967
Spear, Athena Tacha. Rodin Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, 1967: 39-40, 94-95.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 148, repro.
1976
Tancock, John. The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin. Philadelphia, 1976: 342-356.
1977
de Caso, Jacques, and Patricia B. Sanders. Rodin's Sculpture: A Critical Study of the Spreckels Collection. San Francisco, 1977: 38-47.
1979
Butler, Ruth. "Nationalism, a New Seriousness, and Rodin: Thoughts about French Sculpture in the 1870s." In H.W. Janson, ed. La Sculptura nel XIX Secolo. Bologna, 1979: 161-167.
1980
Butler, Ruth. Rodin in Perspective. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1980: 32-35.
1980
Elsen, Albert E. In Rodin's Studio. Ithaca, New York, 1980: 157-158, pls. 2-5.
1981
Butler, Ruth. "Rodin and the Paris Salon." In Rodin Rediscovered. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1981: 33-34.
1981
Vincent, Clare. "Rodin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: A History of the Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Spring 1981): 24.
1983
Schmoll, J.A. Rodin--Studien: Persönlichkeit--Werke--Wirkung--Bibliographie. Munich, 1983: 53-56.
1986
Rilke, Rainer Maria. Auguste Rodin. Translated in G. Craig Houston, Rodin and Other Prose Pieces. London, 1986: 15-16.
1987
Ambrosini, Lynne, and Michelle Facos. Rodin: The Cantor Gift to the Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, 1987: 56-58.
1987
Grunfeld, Frederic V. Rodin: A Biography. New York, 1987: 98-106, 113-114, 125-129.
1988
Fonsmark, Anne-Birgitte. Rodin: La collection du Brasseur Carl Jacobsen à la Glyptothèque. Copenhagen, 1988: 67-69.
1989
Goldscheider, Cécile. Auguste Rodin: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre sculpté. Lausanne, 1989: 114-116.
1993
Butler, Ruth. Rodin. The Shape of Genius. New Haven and London, 1993: 99-112.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 199, repro.
1996
Kausch, Michael. Auguste Rodin: Eros und Leidenschaft. Exh. cat. Harrach Palace, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 1996: 252-254.
1997
Le Normand-Romain, Antoinette. Vers l'Age d'airain: Rodin en Belgique. Paris, 1997: 246-319.
1998
Porter, John R., and Yves Lacasse. Rodin à Québec. Quebec, 1998: 58-59.
2000
Butler, Ruth, and Suzanne Glover Lindsay, with Alison Luchs, Douglas Lewis, Cynthia J. Mills, and Jeffrey Weidman. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000: 315-317, color repro.