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Artist Name:

Auguste Rodin

Nationality & Life Dates:

French, 1840–1917

Title:

Half Length Figure of a Woman (The Martyr)

Date:

conceived ca. 1910; cast 1966

Medium:

Bronze

Dimensions:

29 x 18 x 25 inches

Credit Line:

Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

Accession Number:

2009.36

On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 210
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.



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