Lot 120
  • 120

Auguste Rodin

Estimate
60,000 - 80,000 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • Auguste Rodin
  • MINOTAURE (VERSION AUX CORNES RECOURBÉES)
  • inscribed A. Rodin and stamped Alexis Rudier. Fondeur. Paris.; bears the raised signature A. Rodin on the underside 
  • bronze
  • height: 33cm., 13in.

Provenance

Private Collection, United Kingdom (acquired by circa 1960)
Thence by descent to the present owner

Exhibited

London, Hayward Gallery, Rodin Sculpture & Drawing, 1986-87, no. 119, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Cécile Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1962, illustration of another cast p. 77
John Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, no. 41, illustration of the plaster p. 271 & illustration of the marble p. 273
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin. Catalogue of the Works in the Musée Rodin, Paris, 2007, vol. II, no. S. 770, illustrations of another cast p. 523 and illustration of the marble version p. 525

Condition

Attractive rich dark green and black patina. There is a nailhead-sized spot of patina loss to the right of the signature at the base and two further spots of patina loss to the arms of the woman (one of which visible is in the catalogue illustration). Apart from some light patina rubbing to the extremities of the work consistent with age, in particular to the head of the Minotaur and to the woman's right hand, this work is in good condition.
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Catalogue Note

The present work, entitled Minotaure, has sometimes been viewed as representing the rape of Europa, and has previously been known by a variety of names such as Faun and Nymph, Faun and Woman and Jupiter Taurus. It is one of many works produced by Rodin in the 1880s that are based on Ovid. However, Rodin greatly preferred the title Minotaure, and thought the sculpture a better representation of the creature with one of his Athenian victims. The style of this work looks back to the 18th Century, revealing Rodin's debt at the beginning of his career to Carrier-Belleuse, his teacher at the Petite École and one of the major protagonists of the 18th Century revival during the Second Empire.