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The Mastbaum Bronzes: Property from the Family of Jules E. Mastbaum

Auguste Rodin

Penseur, petit modèle

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The Mastbaum Bronzes: Property from the Family of Jules E. Mastbaum

Auguste Rodin

1840 - 1917

Penseur, petit modèle

inscribed A. Rodin and with the foundry mark Alexis RUDIER Fondeur PARIS; stamped with the raised signature A. Rodin (on the interior)


height: 14 ⅞ in. 37.8 cm.

Conceived circa 1880-81; this reduction conceived in 1903; this example cast in 1925 by the Alexis Rudier Foundry.

This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Critique de l'œuvre 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 2023-6384B.

Musée Rodin, Paris 
Jules and Etta Mastbaum, Philadelphia (acquired from the above on 16 February 1925)
Thence by descent to the present owners
Georges Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1929, nos. 167-69, pp. 73-74, illustrations of another cast 
Georges Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1944, p. 40, illustration of the plaster 
Henri Martinie, Auguste Rodin, Paris, 1949, no. 19, n.p., illustration of another cast 
Albert E. Elsen, Rodin, New York, 1963, pp. 25, 52 and 53, illustrations of other casts 
Ionel Jianou and Cécile Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967, p. 88, edition catalogued; pl. 11, illustration of another cast 
John Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, The Collection of the Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 1976, p. 121
Albert E. Elsen, ed., Rodin Rediscovered, Washington, D.C., 1981, p. 67, illustration of the clay model 
Albert E. Elsen, The Gates of Hell by Auguste Rodin, Stanford, 1985, figs. 50 and 60, pp. 56 and 71, illustrations of the clay model 
Hélène Pinet, Rodin Sculpteur et les photographes de son temps, Paris, 1985, pp. 80-83, illustrations of other casts 
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue of Works in the Musée Rodin, vol. II, Paris, 2007, pp. 584-94, illustrations of other casts 
New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Rodin Drawings and Small Bronzes, 1963-64
New York, The Museum of Modern Art (on loan 1964 until circa 1981)