Lot 12
  • 12

Auguste Rodin

20,000 - 30,000 USD
187,500 USD
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  • Auguste Rodin
  • Torse masculin de l'Homme qui tombe, petit modèle, dit aussi "Torse de Je suis belle"
  • Inscribed A. Rodin/No. 6/© by Musée Rodin. 1963., and with the foundry mark Georges.Rudier./.Fondeur.Paris.
  • Bronze


Musée Rodin, Paris
Dominion Gallery, Montréal (acquired from the above, December 1964)
John Matthews (acquired from the above by 1988)


John L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, no. 10-2, illustration of another cast p. 166
Albert E. Elsen & Rosalyn F. Jamison, Rodin's Art, The Rodin Collection of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Oxford, 2003, no. 65, illustration of another version fig. 198
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue of Works in the Musée Rodin, vol. II, Paris, 2007, illustration of another cast p. 429

Catalogue Note

The present work is the isolated torso of the dramatic sculpture known as The Falling Man, who juts out from the lintel of the left door of The Gates of Hell. This richly dramatic torso appears in other versions as was typical of the artist. In 1885, Rodin used this muscular, tortured torso as the basis for his Man with a Serpent, and again in 1886, for the male figure of the group I am Beautiful (Je suis belle) which he exhibited at the Galerie Georges Petit.