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Inscription

on lower back in left corner: A. Rodin; sticker on the interior: MFA / Simpson

Provenance

Acquired 1903 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. 167.
1946
Rodin: Sculpture, Drawings, Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1946, no. 10.
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
1898
Alexandre, Arsène. Le Balzac de Rodin. Paris, 1898.
1899
Ferry, Gabriel. "La statue de Balzac." Le Monde Moderne 10 (1899): 641ff.
1927
Grappe, Georges. Catalogue du Musée Rodin. Paris, 1927: 77-78.
1934
Morhardt, Mathias. "La bataille du Balzac." Mercure de France (15 December 1934): 463-489.
1936
Cladel, Judith. Rodin: Sa vie glorieuse, sa vie inconnue. Paris, 1936: 182-224.
1944
Grappe, Georges. Catalogue du Musée Rodin. 5th ed. Paris, 1944: 98-99.
1952
Goldscheider, Cécile. "La Genèse d'une oeuvre: La Balzac de Rodin." La Revue des Arts 1 (1952): 37-44.
1964
de Caso, Jacques. "Rodin and the Cult of Balzac." The Burlington Magazine 106 (1964): 279-284.
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: 164-175.
1967
Spear, Athena Tacha. Rodin Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, 1967: 9-30, 91-93.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 148, repro.
1973
Elsen, Albert E., Stephen C. McGough, and Steven H. Wander. Rodin & Balzac. Beverly Hills, 1973.
1976
Tancock, John. The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin. Philadelphia, 1976: 425-459.
1977
de Caso, Jacques, and Patricia B. Sanders. Rodin's Sculpture: A Critical Study of the Spreckels Collection. San Francisco, 1977: 237-241.
1986
Lampert, Catherine. Rodin: Sculpture & Drawings. Exh. cat. Hayward Gallery, London, 1986: 126-129.
1988
Beausire, Alain. Quand Rodin Exposait. Paris, 1988: 208, 210, 218, 219, 235, 242, 245, 253, 273, 315.
1993
Butler, Ruth. Rodin. The Shape of Genius. New Haven and London, 1993: 252-256, 285-294, 299-305, 315-329.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 203, repro.
1998
Le Normand-Romain, Antoinette. Le Balzac de Rodin. Paris, 1998.
1998
Porter, John R., and Yves Lacasse. Rodin à Québec. Quebec, 1998: 113-119.
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: 360-363, color repro.