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Inscription

on left side of self-base, on a flat leaf carved below the shoulder: A. Rodin / 1903

Provenance

Commissioned 1902 and purchased 1903 from the artist by Mr. and Mrs. John W. Simpson, New York; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1904
Salon, Société nationale des beaux-arts, Paris, 1904, no. 2080.
1946
Rodin: Sculpture, Drawings, Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1946, no. 3, as Portrait of Mrs. Simpson.
1965
Wax Sculptures by Degas, Sculptures and Drawings by Rodin, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1965-1966, no cat.
1981
Rodin Rediscovered, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1981-1982, no. 157.
Bibliography
1927
Grappe, Georges. Catalogue du Musée Rodin. Paris, 1927: 91-92.
1944
Grappe, Georges. Catalogue du Musée Rodin. 5th ed. Paris, 1944: 110.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 168.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 149, repro.
1981
Vincent, Clare. "Rodin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: A History of the Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Spring 1981): 24.
1985
Hare, Marion. "The Portraiture of Auguste Rodin. Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, 1985: 412-417.
1986
Rilke, Rainer Maria. Auguste Rodin. Translated in G. Craig Houston. Rodin and Other Prose Pieces. London, 1986: 31.
1987
Butler, Ruth. "Rodin and His American Collectors." In Weisberg, Gabriel P., and Laurinda S. Dixon, eds. The Documented Image: Visions in Art History. Festschrift in Honor of Elizabeth Gilmore Holt. New York, 1987: 87-110.
1987
Grunfeld, Frederic V. Rodin: A Biography. New York, 1987: 442-443.
1988
Beausire, Alain. Quand Rodin Exposait. Paris, 1988: 249.
1993
Butler, Ruth. Rodin. The Shape of Genius. New Haven and London, 1993: 411-414.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 207, repro.
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: 373-376, color repro.