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Portrait of Balzac

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

modeled 1893
(cast 1926/33)

Artist:

Auguste Rodin
French, 1840-1917

About this artwork

Auguste Rodin immersed himself in the study of Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) for seven years after receiving a commission from a literary society to create a statue of the writer in 1891. This deliberately ungainly nude portrait, which stresses Balzac’s vitality and candor, was an early version of the work. The literary society rejected the final statue, as did the public, who viewed it at the Salon of 1898.

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European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 240

Artist

Auguste Rodin

Title

Portrait of Balzac

Origin

France

Date

Modeled 1893

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

127.6 × 73.7 × 59.7 cm (50 1/4 × 29 × 23 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Silvain and Arma Wyler

Reference Number

1957.529

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