Auguste Rodin
Woman on a Column c.1900–3

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Auguste Rodin 1840–1917
Woman on a Column
Femme sur une colonne
Date c.1900–3
Medium Copper electrotype
Dimensions Object: 908 x 203 x 152 mm, 3.3 kg
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs Rhoda Symons 1952
Not on display

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This female figure is adapted from one entitled The Sphinx, from Rodin’s monumental bronze doors known as The Gates of Hell. Rodin kept a number of fragments of works standing around his studio on the top of classical columns, and such an arrangement may have inspired this work. Despite its rather delicate proportions, the impression here is of a full-size figure taken to an architectural scale. Such subversion of perception anticipates the impact of Alberto Giacometti’s manipulation of scale and space.

April 2009

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