Rodin's Suzon is a tribute to Carrier-Belleuse, the great French master who had such an influence on Rodin's early work. Rodin worked in Carrier-Belleuse's studio from 1864 until 1871 and in this bust, modelled in 1872, shows himself to be in complete command of the essence of his master's approach to feminine beauty. Unfortunately Rodin's financial acumen was not as astute as his artistic ability and he sold the rights to Suzon to the Compagnie des Bronzes in Brussels, where the bust became one of the foundry's most successful models.
Carrier-Belleuse: Le maître de Rodin, exh. cat. Palais de Compiègne, Paris, 2014, p. 134, no. 94