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I Am Beautiful

Signed on rock between man's legs, toward the left: A.Rodin Inscribed front of base: Je suis belle, ô Mortels, Comme un rêve de pierre Et mon sein, où Chacun s'est meurtri tour à tour Est fait pour inspirer au poète un Amour Etant alors muet ainsi que la matière Translation: I am beautiful as a dream of stone, but not maternal; And my breast, where men are slain, none for his learning, Is made to inspire in the Poet passions that, burning, Are mute and carnal as matter and as eternal. Foundry markk center rear of base: ALEXIS RUDIER/Fondeur. PARIS.

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1885; cast 1925-1926

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

27 3/4 x 12 x 12 1/2 inches (70.5 x 30.5 x 31.8 cm)

* Rodin Museum, West Gallery


Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929


Rodin conceived these two figures (known separately as The Falling Man and The Crouching Woman) for The Gates of Hell. United and named after a poem by Charles Baudelaire (French, 1821–1867), this group is found near the top right side of The Gates. Joining seemingly unrelated figures to create new compositions was a common practice for Rodin, allowing him to discover the rich possibilities of his existing forms.

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

  • Bronze Casting

  • The Gates of Hell

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