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Victor Hugo

Inscribed on right side of supporting member: A. MONSIEUR FANTIN-LATOUR/ Hommage d'admiration ed de/ sympathie. Rodin

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1883; plaster made in 1886

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917

22 1/4 x 10 x 11 1/2 inches (56.5 x 25.4 x 29.2 cm)

* Rodin Museum, North Gallery


Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929


The great French writer Victor Hugo (1802–1885) agreed to allow Rodin to sculpt his portrait, provided he did not have to pose for it. Instead, Hugo invited Rodin to lunches and dinners and allowed the artist to observe him in a relaxed social setting. Rodin kept his supplies on a balcony and would move between there and the dining room as he worked.

After Hugo died two years later, Rodin won the commission for a monument to the author in the Paris Panthéon. One of his designs for that work is on view in a neighboring gallery.

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

  • About Auguste Rodin

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