Lot 126
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Auguste Rodin & Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse

10,000 - 15,000 USD
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  • Auguste Rodin & Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
  • L'Innocence tourmentée par l'amour
  • Inscribed Carrier-Belleuse, stamped with the foundry mark Cie des Bronzes Bruxelles and dated Bruxles 1871 
  • Bronze with original ormolu base
  • Height (including base): 27 5/8 in.
  • 70.1 cm


Private Collection, Belgium
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Sander Pierron, "François Rudier et Auguste Rodin à Bruxelles" in La Grande revue, Paris, 1902, p. 154
Vers l'Age d'airain. Rodin en Belgique (exhibition catalogue), Musée Rodin, Paris, 1997, pp. 109-10

Catalogue Note

L'Innocence tourmentée par l'amour is known to have been modeled by Rodin while he was working for Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse. Rodin worked in Carrier-Belleuse' studio in Paris from 1864, assisting in the rendering of the sculptor's sumptuous works which recall the Rococo terracotta groups of Clodion. With the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, the market for fine terracottas and bronzes collapsed, forcing Carrier-Belleuse to move to Brussels; Rodin followed, and it was in Brussels that he is confirmed to have worked on the L'Innocence. None of the sculptures created by Rodin during this period bear his signature, making attributions difficult, yet the present model was attributed to Rodin as early as 1902 by the Belgian writer Sander Pierron (Pierron, op. cit. p. 154).

LIFE DATES: (1840 - 1917) & (1824 - 1887)