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The Clenched Hand

Signed front center of base: A. Rodin Foundry mark rear center 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 c. 1885; cast 1925


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

Curatorial Department:
Rodin Museum

* Rodin Museum, East Gallery

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929

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Rodin almost obsessively explored the expressive power of hands, using them to convey an infinite variety of emotion—fury, anguish, fatigue—and as a metaphor for creation. It is thought that he conceived The Clenched Hand and The Left Hand as studies for The Burghers of Calais, but probably rejected the hands as being too animated.

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