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The Clenched Hand

Signed front center of base: A. Rodin Foundry mark rear center of base: Alexis RUDIER. / Fondeur. PARIS.

Made in France, Europe

Modeled c. 1885; cast 1925

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

18 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 8 inches (47 x 29.8 x 20.3 cm)

* Rodin Museum, East Gallery


Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929


Rodin explored the expressive power of hands almost obsessively, using them to convey an infinite variety of emotions—fury, anguish, fatigue—and as metaphors for creation. It is thought that he conceived The Clenched Hand as a study for The Burghers of Calais (Philadelphia Museum of Art, F1929-7-129) but probably rejected the hand as being too fiercely animated.

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

  • Bronze Casting

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