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The Walking Man

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


Modeled 1877/1900; cast before 1917


Auguste Rodin
French, 1840-1917

About this artwork

The Walking Man originated from one of Auguste Rodin’s early successes, his life-size Saint John the Baptist Preaching of 1878. Rodin made separate plaster studies of the sculpture’s components, and much later he returned to the legs of the Baptist, grafting onto them a torso from another composition. In 1900 he exhibited a half-life-size version of this work in plaster, and it made a deep impression on younger artists, notably Henri Matisse. The bronze cast of The Walking Man deliberately preserves the raw stages of artistic creation while elevating the fragmentary and unfinished to a new aesthetic plane.


On View, Gallery 243


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Auguste Rodin


The Walking Man


France (Object made in)

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Signed in model on base; signature plate welded under base Alexis Rudier Foundry, Paris


H.: 84.1 cm (33 1/8 in.)

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Bequest of A. James Speyer

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