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The Thinker

Signed right side of base: A.Rodin Foundry mark left side of base: ALEXIS RUDIER/Fondeur. PARIS

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

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1880-1881, enlarged 1902-1904; cast 1919


6 feet 7 inches × 51 1/4 inches × 55 1/4 inches (200.7 × 130.2 × 140.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Rodin Museum

* Rodin Museum, Parkway

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929

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Auguste Rodin originally conceived a smaller version of this sculpture to sit atop his monumental bronze portal entitled The Gates of Hell (1880-1917). The figure was intended to represent Italian poet Dante Alighieri pondering The Divine Comedy, his epic story of Paradise and Inferno. However, in 1889 Rodin exhibited the sculpture independently of The Gates, giving it the title The Thinker, and in 1902 he embarked on this larger version.

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