Auguste Rodin – “Adam” Bronze Sculpture – Half Size – Male Nude
An Elderly Vermont Collector has asked us to offer this Auguste Rodin, half size, bronze sculpture “Adam”. He acquired it from an Antiques Gallery in England many years ago and has kept it in his home. He was told that the half size format was made in the years immediately following Auguste Rodins death in 1917 in the same foundry that had produced the full size sculptures during Rodin’s life.
This sculpture is 33.5″ tall with a base that is 9″ x 10″. Signed as shown and I see no foundry mark.
Being bronze it is suitable for garden use as well. One might want to enjoy it is the garden during the summer and indoors the rest of the year.
Auguste Rodin, born in Paris on November 12, 1840, was a sculptor whose work had a huge influence on modern art. Unlike many famous artists, Rodin didn’t become widely established until he was in his 40s. Developing his creative talents during his teens, Rodin later worked in the decorative arts for nearly two decades. He eventually sculpted the controversial piece “The Vanquished” (renamed “The Age of Bronze”), exhibited in 1877. Another of Rodin’s well known works is “Adam”, he died on November 17, 1917, in Meudon, France.
Rodin’s debt to Michelangelo goes even further, for in the contorted, uncomfortable pose of Adam, it has been recognized that Rodin incorporated the actual gestures of the figures in two of Michelangelo’s works: the right arm alludes to The Creation of Adam, the Sistine Chapel fresco in the Vatican; the left is borrowed from the dead Christ of the Pietà in the Cathedral of Florence. In the words of the Rodin scholar Albert Elsen “the figure is framed by the beginning and end of life, between (these), his body shows its tortured existence.”
You may make arrangements to pick this up from our Shop in Vermont, arrange crating and trucking through a service of your choice or discuss packing and shipping with us. Obviously this is excluded from out flat rate shipping.
While the owner is offering these for what he paid for them, he is willing to do significantly better if someone chooses to buy both. Contact us if you are interested in that information.