European Art: Paintings & Sculpture

European Art: Paintings & Sculpture

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 130. AUGUSTE RODIN | SUZON.


Lot Closed

June 18, 03:07 PM GMT


10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Lot Details




1840 - 1917


signed: A. RODIN and inscribed: Cie des Bronzes / Bruxelles

bronze, dark brown patina

27cm., 10½in.

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Private collection, Belgium

Conceived in 1875, Rodin's Suzon is a tribute to Albert Ernest 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 shows himself to be in complete command of the essence of his master's approach to feminine beauty. Like Carrier-Belleuse's own intimate busts of girls, Rodin's Suzon is reminiscent of eighteenth-century terracotta busts of women, and indeed the model was first produced in terracotta. Rodin sold the rights of reproduction in bronze to the Brussels-based foundry Compagnie des Bronzes, which proceeded to edit the model in three sizes with enduring success. Of precious, petite dimensions, the present bronze is a version of réduction no. 3. A closely comparable cast was sold at Christie's Paris on 29 March 2019 (lot 274).


H.W. Janson and P. Fusco, Romantics to Rodin, p. 329, no. 190