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Half Length Figure of a Woman (The Martyr)

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Half Length Figure of a Woman (The Martyr)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Auguste Rodin
French, 1840–1917

Date

conceived ca. 1910; cast 1966

Medium

Bronze

Accession #

2009.36

Dimensions

31 x 27 x 17 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Half Length Figure of a Woman is a compelling example of Rodin’s experimentation with the human figure. In 1910 Rodin photographed this sculpture, but he had removed its head, neck, and shoulder. He had also placed a large wedge underneath the figure’s thighs, effectively arching the torso backward. Although Rodin eventually reattached a head to the sculpture, it is clear that he used this work to explore the dynamics of the human body almost to the point of abstraction.

Credit

Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

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