Henry Tonks Auguste Rodin 1914

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Artwork details

Artist
Henry Tonks 1862–1937
Title
Auguste Rodin
Date 1914
Medium Pastel on paper
Dimensions Support: 537 x 400 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Viscount D'Abernon through the Contemporary Art Society 1915
Reference
N03017
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N03017 AUGUSTE RODIN 1914

Not inscribed.
Pastel, 21 1/8×15 3/4 (53·5×40).
Presented by Viscount D'Abernon through the Contemporary Art Society 1915.
Exh: N.E.A.C., winter 1914 (166).
Lit: Hone, 1939, p.113.
Repr: Studio, CXIII, 1937, p.87.

This and N03018 were done in the early weeks of the First World War, when the Rodins were staying as refugees with Mr and Mrs Charles Hunter at Hill Hall, near Epping. Hone writes that ‘the likenesses were good; but Tonks did not disguise his disappointment with Rodin. “Why I have never heard him say anything except ‘Dieu, que les arbres sont beaux’.”’ Rodin was then in his seventy-third year and had become a little senile.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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