- Auguste Rodin
- Etude pour l'Homme qui Marche dite aussi Torse de l'Homme qui Marche
- signed A. Rodin, numbered N°8, inscribed © By Musée Rodin 1979 & inscribed with the foundry mark FC with the scallop
Contemporary Sculpture Center, Japan (acquired from the above on May 18, 1981)
Mitsukoshi Department store, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner at the end of the 1980s
One of the qualities of human nature is the desire to do something positive for the town in which one was born and raised. Even more so if one's success was due in part to its inhabitants.
In small Japanese towns, opportunities to see genuine works of art by Western masters are limited. It is thus, that an important Japanese collector, who wishes to remain anonymous, chose to return his appreciation to his hometown by creating a museum quality space to house and present his collection. He created a specially designed space, a vast and luminous gallery with beautiful wooden floors with each sculpture placed on the specially designed dark brown plinth accompanied with simple descriptions of the works on view. This private collector made his first purchases over 30 years ago and over the next decades grew his collection with the intention of creating a public museum. Unfortunately his dream of a publicly accessible space did not materialise and so for years he personally invited friends, local families, and neighbours to his home to view the works and share his passion for these world renowned artists.
Time has passed and today, this discreet collector has decided to part with his works by August Rodin, Antoine Bourdelle, and Aristide Maillol by proposing them to a next generation of collectors who will hopefully appreciate living with them as much as he did.