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Provenance

Acquired 1907 or 1908 from the artist by Mr. and Mrs. John W. Simpson, New York;[1] gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
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. 83, as Study for Hand.
Bibliography
1900
Kahn, Gustave. "Les Mains chez Rodin." La Plume, special edition (1900): 316-320.
1963
Steinberg, Leo. Auguste Rodin. Exh. cat. Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, New York, 1963: 13, 64-67.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 169.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 147, repro.
1976
Frel, Jiri, and Harvey West. Rodin: The Maryhill Collection. Exh. cat. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Washington State University, Pullman. Pullman, 1976: 42.
1976
Tancock, John. The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin. Philadelphia, 1976: 616-621.
1977
de Caso, Jacques, and Patricia B. Sanders. Rodin's Sculpture: A Critical Study of the Spreckels Collection. San Francisco, 1977: 323-331.
1981
Vincent, Clare. "Rodin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: A History of the Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Spring 1981): 35, 41.
1983
Laurent, Monique. Rodin, les mains, les chirurgiens. Exh. cat. Musée Rodin, Paris, 1983.
1986
Lampert, Catherine. Rodin: Sculpture & Drawaings. Exh. cat. Hayward Gallery, London, 1986: 231.
1986
Rilke, Rainer Maria. Auguste Rodin. Translated in G. Craig Houston. Rodin and Other Prose Pieces. London, 1986: 18-19.
1990
Pinet, Hélène. "Mains." In Le corps en morceau. Exh. cat. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 1990: 171-195.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 202, 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: 331-334, color repro.
2009
Parshall, Peter, et al. The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy, 1850-1900. Exh. cat., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. Washington, D.C., 2009: 140-142, 141 fig. 7.