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The Benedictions

Signed front of base to right: A. Rodin Foundry mark back of base to right: ALEXIS RUDIER.FONDEUR.PARIS.

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1894; cast 1925

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.

31 1/2 x 23 1/4 x 25 inches (80 x 59.1 x 63.5 cm)

* Rodin Museum, Northeast Gallery


Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929


These delicate, lyrical figures are closely related to winged beings on The Gates of Hell, particularly a group found in the upper portion of the left door. Despite their visual similarity with creatures on The Gates, The Benedictions seems to have been modeled in the 1890s and was intended to surmount a proposed monument honoring workers and “the glory of human effort.”

More information on this object can be found in the following Theme:

  • The Gates of Hell

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