Property of a Private Collector
(1840 - 1917)
LE BAISER, QUATRIÈME RÉDUCTION OU PETIT MODÈLE
Inscribed Rodin and with the foundry mark Alexis.Rudier Fondeur.Paris; inscribed with the raised signature A. Rodin (on the interior)
Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Conceived in 1886, this reduction conceived in 1898 and cast in an edition of 21 between 1920-46 by the Alexis Rudier Foundry, Paris; this bronze version cast in 1944.
This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Critique de l'oeuvre sculpté d'Auguste Rodin currently being prepared by the Comité Rodin in collaboration with Galerie Brame & Lorenceau under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay under the archive number 2019-5957B.
Dark brown patina. There is some surface dirt and dust, especially in the deepest crevices. There is a minor scratch on the male figure's proper right forearm. There is some light verdigris in the rear of the rock. There is some very minor rubbing to patina at the extreme edges of the bronze, near the fingers, toes, and elbow of the figures in particular. The work is in good condition.
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Musée Rodin, Paris
Eugène Rudier, Paris (acquired from the above in December 1944)
Private Collection, New York
Private Collection, New York (and sold: Christie's, New York, November 14, 1996, lot 119)
Guggenheim Asher Associates, Inc., New York (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired from the above in 1996
Georges Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1927, illustration of the marble version p. 47
Georges Grappe, Le Musée Rodin, Paris, 1947, illustration of the marble version pl. 71
Cécile Goldscheider, Rodin, Sa vie, son oeuvre, son héritage, Paris, 1962, illustration of the marble version
Albert E. Elsen, Rodin, London, 1963, illustration of another cast p. 63
Bernard Champigneulle, Rodin, London, 1967, illustration of the marble version pp. 162 & 163
Robert Descharnes & Jean François Chabrun, Auguste Rodin, Lausanne, 1967, illustration of the marble version pls. 54 & 55
Ionel Jianou & Cécile Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967, illustration of the marble version pls. 54 & 55
Ludwig Goldscheider, Rodin Sculptures, London, 1970, illustration of the marble version p. 121
John L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, illustration of the marble version p. 77
Jacques de Caso & Patricia Sanders, Rodin's Sculpture, A Critical Study of the Spreckels Collection, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1977, illustration of another cast p. 150
Nicole Barbier, Marbres de Rodin, collection du musée, Paris, 1987, illustrations of the marble version pp. 185 & 187
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Le Baiser de Rodin/The Kiss by Rodin, Paris, 1995, illustration of another cast n.p.
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Rodin, Paris, 1997, illustration of the terracotta version p. 48
Albert E. Elsen, Rodin's Art, The Rodin Collection of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University, New York, 2003, illustrations of another cast pp. 214 & 215
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue of Works in the Musée Rodin, vol. I, Paris, 2007, no. S. 2393, illustration of another cast p. 162