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Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose

Signed right side of neck and on stamp inside: A. Rodin. Foundry mark back of neck to left: Alexis RUDIER / Fondeur. PARIS.

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1863-1864; cast 1925

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

10 1/4 x 6 7/8 x 9 3/4 inches (26 x 17.5 x 24.8 cm)

* Rodin Museum, East Gallery


Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929


Breaking with conventional notions of beauty, Rodin chose his model—a local workman named Bibi—for his clear-cut facial features and broken nose. The sculptor defended the roughness of this work as artistic beauty, investing the features with a dignity reminiscent of classical sculpture. Rodin considered Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose his first good piece of modeling and said it “determined all my future work.”

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

  • About Auguste Rodin

  • The Gates of Hell

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