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Naked Balzac

Signed front, near right foot: Rodin

Made in France, Europe

Modeled c. 1892-1893; cast before 1917

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917

Plaster, painted with varnish
29 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 15 3/8 inches (75.6 x 34.9 x 39.1 cm)

* Rodin Museum, Northwest Gallery


Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon M. Gordon, Gerson Bakar, and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Perlmutter, 1971


In 1892 Rodin began a series of nude portraits of Balzac. The artist often sculpted his figures in the nude before clothing them, a practice that allowed him to focus on the structure of the underlying forms. Only once the body met his satisfaction was Rodin able to contemplate dressing it for the final stage of work.

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