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Auguste Rodin
1840 - 1917
L'HOMME AU NEZ CASSÉ, VERSION DITE TYPE II, DEUXIÈME MODÈLE
inscribed A. Rodin, stamped with the foundry mark Alexis. Rudier. Fondeur. Paris, and with the raised signature A. Rodin on the underside
bronze
height (not including base): 27.9 cm., 11in.
Conceived circa 1863-64, this version circa 1903. This example was cast in bronze between 1918 and 1925.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue critique de l'œuvre sculpté d'Auguste Rodin being prepared by the Galerie Brame & Lorenceau under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay under the archive no. 2002-201B.

Provenance

Musée Rodin, Paris
Antonio Santamarina, Buenos Aires (acquired by 1934)
Dante Quinterno, Buenos Aires (acquired from the family of the above in 1955)
Private Collection, Monaco (acquired from the above; sale: Sotheby's, London, 25th June 2002, lot 266)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Exposition Rodin, 1934, no. 38
Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Rodin-Bourdelle, 1964, no. 33

Literature

Georges Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1929, no. 16, illustration of the marble model p. 30
Albert E. Elsen, Rodin, New York, 1963, no. 5, illustration of another cast n.p.
Ionel Jianou & Cecile Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967, n.n., illustration of another cast p. 106
Robert Descharnes & Jean-Francois Chabrun, Auguste Rodin, Paris, 1967, illustration of another cast p. 28
Rodin (exhibition catalogue), Hayward Gallery, London, 1970, no. 1, illustration of another cast p. 24
Albert E. Elsen, Rodin, London, 1974, n.n, illustration of another cast p. 106
John L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, no. 79, illustration of another cast p. 475
Jacques de Caso & Patricia B. Sanders, Rodin's Sculpture, A Critical Study of the Spreckels Collection, San Francisco, 1977, no. 50, illustration of another cast p. 253
Albert E. Elsen, Rodin Rediscovered, Washington D.C., 1981, no. 20, illustration of another cast p. 38
Cecile Goldscheider, August Rodin: Catalogue raisonné de l’Œuvre Sculpté, Lausanne, 1989, vol. I, no. 13a, illustrations of another cast p. 43
Rodin en México, Collection of European Sculpture from the XIX and XX Centuries (exhibition catalogue), Museo Soumaya, Mexico City, 1997, n.n., colour illustration of another cast p. 6
Iain Ross & Anthea Snow (eds.), Rodin, A magnificent obsession, London, 2001, no. 107, colour illustration of another cast p. 117
Rodin en 1900, L'exposition de l'Alma (exhibition catalogue), Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, no. 102, illustration of another cast p. 243
Rodin (exhibition catalogue), Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2006-07, no. 7, colour illustration of another cast p. 42
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin: Catalogue of works in the Musée Rodin, Paris, 2007, vol. II, no. S. 496, illustrations of other casts pp. 414-15
Bernard Barryte & Roberta K. Tarbell, Rodin and America, Influence and adaptation, 1876-1936, Milan, 2011, no. 5, colour illustration of another cast p. 24

Catalogue Note

The present work depicts 'Bibi', the old man who worked in the Carrier-Belleuse studio as a cleaner and ad hoc life model for Rodin, then a student of Carrier-Belleuse. The battered features and superficial ugliness of the manual labourer captivated Rodin who later explained 'at first I could hardly bear to do it, he seemed so dreadful to me. But while I was working, I discovered that his head had a wonderful shape, that in his own way he was beautiful... that man taught me many things' (quoted in Caso & Sanders, op. cit., p. 252).

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