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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE FRENCH COLLECTION

Auguste Rodin
BACCHANTES ENLACÉES, PETIT MODÈLE
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 EUR
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125

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE FRENCH COLLECTION

Auguste Rodin
BACCHANTES ENLACÉES, PETIT MODÈLE
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Impressionist and Modern Art

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Paris

Auguste Rodin
1840 - 1917
BACCHANTES ENLACÉES, PETIT MODÈLE
signed Rodin and indistinctly inscribed ...AMI Stiegler
plaster
height: 18 cm; 7 1/8 in.
Conceived before 1894, this example in plaster executed in 1894.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Critique de l'oeuvre sculpté d'Auguste Rodin being currently prepared by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay under the archive number 2019-5967B.

Provenance

Gaston Stiegler, Paris (gift from the artist in 1894)
Edouard Peyrouzet, France
Thence by descent to the present owner

Literature

Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Rodin et le bronze, Catalogue des œuvres conservées au Musée Rodin, Paris, 2007, vol. I, mentioned and bronze version illustrated p. 149 (under the title Bacchantes s'enlaçant and incorrectly dated before 1896)

Catalogue Note

The group of Bacchantes enlacées is an example of an assemblage technique that was typical of Rodin’s creative process. This proof is one of the very first copies of this composition which Rodin initially made in plaster to give to close friends and his supporters from artistic, journalistic and political circles.
This proof is a moving testimony to the aesthetic struggles and scandals that surrounded Rodin at the time. Rodin dedicated this copy to the journalist Gaston Steigler, who in his article “Rodin et Balzac”, published in the newspaper L’Echo de Paris on 12 November 1894, defended the sculptor with regard to the famous controversy caused by his plan to create a Monument to Balzac for the French writers’ association La Société des Gens de Lettres.   
Underscoring the importance that Bacchantes enlacées held for the artist, Rodin went on to donate other plaster copies dedicated to close friends and influential figures such as Claude Monet (whose proof is now included in the Musée Marmottan collection, Paris), Paul César Helleu (whose proof is in the Musée Rodin collection, Paris), and Georges Clémenceau (whose proof is in the Musée Clémenceau, Paris).

Impressionist and Modern Art

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Paris