The Walking Man

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Modeled 1877/1900; cast before 1917

Artist:

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

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 243

Artist

Auguste Rodin

Title

The Walking Man

Origin

France

Date

1895–1905

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

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

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Bequest of A. James Speyer

Reference Number

1987.217

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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