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Bust of Victor Hugo

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Bust of Victor Hugo

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Auguste Rodin
French, 1840–1917

Date

1883, cast 1900

Medium

Bronze

Accession #

2002.71

Dimensions

21 5/8 x 9 13/16 x 9 13/16 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

In 1883 Rodin produced his first portrait of the writer Victor Hugo (1802–1885), whom the artist and his contemporaries glorified for his literary and political achievements. Over a four-month period Rodin produced numerous sketches used to create his sculpture, with no formal sittings by Hugo, because although he was invited into the writer’s home, Rodin could only observe him from afar. Despite these obstacles Rodin produced a powerful likeness of his illustrious sitter. He exhibited a bronze version of the portrait at the Salon of 1883, where it was critically acclaimed.

Credit

Purchase with funds given in memory of James F. Schwartz, M.D.

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